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.
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