New ACC/AHA High Blood Pressure Guidelines Lower Definition of Hypertension

High blood pressure should be treated earlier with lifestyle changes and in some patients with medication – at 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90 – based on new ACC and American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for the detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure. The new guidelines – the first comprehensive set since 2003 – also stress the importance of using proper technique to measure blood pressure; recommend use of home blood pressure monitoring using validated devices; and highlight the value of appropriate training of health care providers to reveal “white-coat hypertension.” (Get the details.) Visit the ACC’s High Blood Pressure Guidelines Hub for easy access to additional commentary, slides, key points to remember, the ACC’s Guidelines Clinical App and ASCVD Risk Estimator, updated CardioSmart high blood pressure patient tools, and a new “High Blood Pressure Guidelines Made Simple” tool. JACC Journals has also developed a specialized hub for easy access to the guidelines, executive summary and additional research and commentary.