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High Blood Pressure Goals Eased for People 60 and Older

(Bloomberg) People 60 and older don’t need to be treated as aggressively for high blood pressure, according to new physician guidelines that may help lower the number of medicines taken by Baby Boomers.
The recommendations, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest treatment goals for older people should be set at 150-over-90 mm Hg, based on studies showing these patients fare just as well over time at this higher level. The goal for other groups is 140 over 90, according to the new guidelines by a panel convened by the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Hypertension increases the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Studies show about 90 percent of people may eventually develop it. While the changes probably won’t reduce how many people are treated for hypertension, the new goals may help reduce the number and types of pills taken by older patients, doctors suggested.
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