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The New Hypertension Guidelines: What They Mean For You

New hypertension guidelines were issued by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in 2003. So what’s new about them? And, more important, what are the take-home themes for you? First, there is much more focus on trying to prevent hypertension than in any of the previous reports. The guidelines note that the risk of cardiovascular problems doesn’t jump up magically when blood pressures goes above 140 millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Instead, the…

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