Application of blood pressure guidelines ups treatment

(HealthDay)—Implementation of the 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) blood pressure guideline would direct initiation and intensification of antihypertensive medication treatment to adults at high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, according to a study published in the Sept. 11 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Lisandro D. Colantonio, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues assessed the risk for CVD events among adults recommended and not recommended antihypertensive medication initiation or intensification based on the 2017 ACC/AHA blood pressure guideline. Participants (aged ≥45 years) were part of the REGARDS (REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke) study cohort, and their systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) were measured twice at baseline (2003 to 2007) and averaged. CVD events (stroke, coronary heart disease, and heart failure) were tracked through 2014.

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