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Hypertension Guideline Lowers Threshold to 130/80 mm Hg


 

“Using nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists has been shown to improve blood pressure levels,” and health systems that take this approach have had “great success,” commented Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, Professor and Chairman of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, who was not part of the guidelines task force. Financial penalties and incentives from payers exist to push for higher levels of blood pressure control, and the alignment of financial and health incentives should result in big changes, Dr. Lloyd-Jones predicted.

—Mitchel L. Zoler

Suggested Reading

Whelton PK, Carey RM, Aronow WS, et al. 2017 ACC/AHA/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/AGS/APhA/ASH/ASPC/NMA/PCNA Guideline for the prevention, detection,evaluation, and management of high bood pressure in adults: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 Nov 7 [Epub ahead of print].

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