These new guidelines establish normal BP as less than 120/80. A measurement of >120 to 130/80 is now "Elevated" -- not necessarily in need of medication, but clearly in need of a lifestyle change. Stage 1 hypertension is > 130/80 and Stage 2 > 140/90 mmHg. Treatment of high blood pressure requires one or multiple drugs to control. According to the ACC’s data, the major benefit of more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure is a reduction of cardiac disease and mortality related to it.
Meanwhile, the American College of Physicians (ACP) that represents internal medicine doctors is not sold on the new ACC guidelines. In an Annals of Internal Medicine editorial, the ACP says that the new guidelines go too far and are short on scientific support. The internists and the family physicians continue to recommend treating patients over 65 less aggressively in order to avoid the complications of pharmaceutical side effects. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) also refused to endorse the new guidelines.
In other words, the EHOP Health approach to potentially reversing disease, rather than simply managing it, becomes even more important to millions of Americans. With proper help, many of these Americans that, with the stroke of a pen, went from normotensive to hypertensive can be returned to normal if they embrace a program like EHOP Health’s Journey 2 Health.
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