Groups Spar Over New Hypertension Guidelines

the MPR take:

The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) hypertension management guideline, released in December 2013 in JAMA, is being challenged by some cardiology groups over a hypertension treatment threshold. The JNC 8 guideline sets systolic and diastolic blood pressure goals at less than 150/90 mm Hg for individuals aged 60 years or older; the previous guideline goals were less than 140/90 mm Hg. A January commentary in Annals of Internal Medicine by 5 members of the original 18-member JNC 8 panel also criticized the new recommendation. At this time, the AHA, ACC, and ASH can all agree on one thing:  they do not accept all of the JNC 8 recommendations as they stand now.

Groups Spar Over New Hypertension Guidelines
Groups Spar Over New Hypertension Guidelines
After years of waiting by clinicians, an update to the US guideline for the management of high blood pressure in adults was finally released in December. But it appears the cardiology community wants nothing to do with it. The elements underlying this reluctance appear to be turf battles and ...

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