Quick Hits: Guidelines Could Boost Use of Hypertension Meds, Using AI to Predict Drug Interactions & More

If new guidelines on high blood pressure are adopted, many more people would likely be put on hypertension drugs, a new study argues. Last year, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released proposed updated guidelines that would lower the values for determining high blood pressure, which would label millions more people as having hypertension. Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine examined adults aged 45 to 75 years from the US and China who would have a diagnosis of hypertension and be candidates for treatment based on the updated ACC/AHA guidelines, compared with current guidelines. The results indicated that the number of people labeled as having hypertension would increase by 26.8% in the US and 45.1% in China. Researchers also calculated that 7.5 million people in the US and 55 million people in China would be advised to start drug treatment, while 14 million in the US and 30 million in China would be advised to receive more intensive drug treatment. Posted July 11, 2018. Via BMJ.

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