Former U.Va. medical school dean helps redefine high blood pressure

“High blood pressure is associated with increased risk for variety of diseases such as heart attack, stroke, retinal hemorrhage and impaired kidney function,” Siragy said in an email to The Cavalier Daily. 

The World Health Organization has named hypertension the leading cause for cardiovascular disease and death in the world, causing around 9.4 million deaths every year. 

Carey said that by lowering the threshold for the definition of high blood pressure, the overall prevalence of high blood pressure is increased by around 14 percent. However, a majority of newly diagnosed patients with high blood pressure are mainly recommended lifestyle modifications over using medication to control their blood pressure. 

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