New hypertension guidelines set aggressive goals based on risk factors
Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure
Ray W. Gifford, Jr., MD
Consulting physician and past chairman, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Cleveland Clinic; Professor of Internal Medicine, Ohio State University; president, National Hypertension Association; member, Executive Committee, Sixth Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.
Address: Ray W. Gifford, Jr., MD, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, A101, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195
Physicians and public health officials need to intensify their efforts to detect and treat high blood pressure, because the incidence of hypertension-related morbidity and mortality has stopped declining, and fewer than 30% of hypertensive patients have their blood pressure under control. The JNC VI report outlines the current standard of care for treating hypertension.