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BP Guideline

The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and several other health organizations released a comprehensive new guideline with recommendations regarding the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of hypertension. The new guideline lowers the target for blood pressure treatment to 130/80 mmHg. This emphasizes the importance of early prevention, detection and treatment to reduce future cardiovascular risk.

Top 5 Takeaways for Your Practice


Classification of Blood Pressure: Four new BP categories based on the average of two or more in-office blood pressure readings.

  1. Normal: < 120 mm Hg Systolic BP (SBP) and < 80 mm Hg Diastolic BP (DBP)
  2. Elevated: 120-129 mm Hg SBP and < 80 mm Hg DBP
  3. Stage 1 Hypertension: 130-139 mm Hg SBP or 80-89 mm Hg DBP and
  4. Stage 2 Hypertension: ≥ 140 mm Hg SBP or ≥ 90 mm Hg DBP





Watch: TEDMED Discussion

An intimate discussion about the new BP Guideline

TEDMED, the AHA and AMA brought together an expert panel to discuss the Hypertension Guideline and what it means to clinical practice.

Guideline Resources

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