The case for lowering the hypertension threshold

Benefits outweigh risks, according to US research

The recent lowering of the hypertension threshold in the US has been vindicated in the data.

Blood pressure

Last year, a revised US hypertension guideline saw a lowering of the threshold from 140/90mmHg to 130/80mmHg.

Researchers have now examined the impact of this on cardiovascular events and deaths, and early indications suggest it is the right move. 

Australia’s hypertension threshold remains at 140/90mmHg.

Based on US national data, the prevalence of hypertension was significantly higher using the 2017