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Prehypertension?

In May 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported new guidelines issued by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC) to further decrease cardiovascular complications. A new category, prehypertension, is now defined as a BP of 120/80 to 139/89. Hypertension is defined as 140/90 or greater. The effect of doctors and patients acting on this narrowly defined category of prehypertension would likely be millions more prescriptions for drugs being written. The side effects of these drugs are much more likely to adversely affect health than a BP of 120/80. GSMC doctors think this new definition is enough to, well, give anyone high blood pressure. Get regular BP checks and get your healthcare from a physician who treats people and not numbers.

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