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

“Controlling hypertension has been shown to lower the incidence of heart attack, stroke, and development of kidney failure … by early treatment of hypertension, we can improve on health and financial burdens,” Siragy said. 

Carey said that many physicians are challenged by not being able to spend enough time with their patients and that lifestyle modification is a lengthy process that requires individual assessment. Therefore, he hopes that the U.S. government may help support a program of lifestyle modification for all Americans. 

“I’m hoping that the guideline will call attention to the immense cardiovascular risk that high blood pressure conveys to people,” Carey said. “I’m hoping that adults in the United States will be advised by their physicians to embark on lifestyle modification.”

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