Prevalence and Characteristics of Systolic Blood Pressure Thresholds in Individuals 60 Years or Older

Shimbo, Daichi; Tanner, Rikki M.; Muntner, Paul

For more than 20 years, US Joint National Committee (JNC) hypertension guidelines, including JNC 7, have recommended systolic and diastolic blood pressure (BP) thresholds of 140/90 mm Hg for the initiation of antihypertensive medication and a goal during treatment for individuals without diabetes or chronic kidney disease. The 2014 report from the panel members appointed to JNC 8 recently recommended a higher systolic BP (SBP) threshold (150 mm Hg) for treatment initiation and a treatment goal in adults 60 years or older. We estimated the percentage and characteristics of older US adults potentially affected by the new SBP threshold.


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Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health
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April 29, 2016