The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have started to work on a new guideline for the management of hypertension. This will serve as an update to the 2003 JNC-7 (Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure) that was headed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The 2003 JNC-7 was the most recent hypertension management guideline to be endorsed by the ACC/AHA.

The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) hypertension management guideline, released in December 2013, was challenged by some in the cardiology community over a hypertension treatment threshold. The JNC 8 guideline sets systolic and diastolic blood pressure goals at <150/90 mmHg for individuals aged ≥60 years; the previous guideline goals were <140/90 mmHg. The day before the release of the JNC 8 guideline, the AHA and ACC announced that they would develop national hypertension guidelines with the NHLBI.

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The updating process includes a separate evidence review that will develop a systematic review on critical questions, which will then inform recommendations in the new 2016 Guideline on the Management of Hypertension.

In addition to the ACC and AHA, nine other medical societies have partnered to develop the new hypertension guidelines: American Academy of Physician Assistants, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Hypertension, the American Society of Preventive Cardiology, the Association of Black Cardiologists, the National Medical Association, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.

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