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In the newly released Eighth Joint National Committee guidelines, the blood pressure threshold was relaxed in adults 60 and older, as well as those with diabetes and kidney disease. According to a study published in JAMA, this would translate to about 5.8 million Americans no longer needing anti-hypertensive treatment. The author of the study also notes that further research is necessary to determine the effects of the new guidelines on cardiovascular disease outcomes. How do you feel about these changes the new guidelines will bring forth?

For additional information, please see the article in Health Day.
Click here for the article in JAMA.

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