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