When Guidelines Cause Hypertension

The 2017 ACC/AHA Hypertension Guidelines1 lowered the threshold for diagnosing hypertension from a blood pressure of β‰₯140/90 mm Hg to β‰₯130/80 mm Hg. In the United States, this effectively increases the number of adults diagnosed as β€œhypertensive” from 72 to 103 million.2 It has been stated that β€œby reclassifying people formerly considered to have pre-hypertension as having hypertension, the Guidelines create a new level of disease affecting people previously deemed healthy.”2

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