New blood pressure guidelines found harmful for some

Politico – March 8, 2018

DID THIS WORK? — Dr. Joseph Diamond and colleagues at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research looked at the decision to redefine high blood pressure last November and found that as many as 10 million people may receive unnecessary blood pressure treatment. He said, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, that while patients at higher risk for cardiovascular disease benefited from the stricter blood pressure goals, those with lower risk had more harm than benefit. The threshold for hypertension is now a blood pressure reading of 130 over 80 mm Hg, rather than the previous 140 over 90. That translates into 46 percent of American adults who are now considered hypertensive, up from 32 percent.