EUROPE FAILS TO ENDORSE STRINGENT BLOOD PRESSURE GUIDELINES PROPOSED BY AHA AND ACC
Europe does not wholly endorse the stringent Blood pressure (Bp) guidelines recently released in late 2017 by both the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) . The European guidelines are a bit more pragmatic. Their primary goal is to get the systolic Bp below 140 mm Hg.
I concur that getting all patients below 140 mm Hg should be a first goal. Sure getting everyone below 130/80 might be ideal but at what cost? and with how many meds? Furthermore, such guidelines could be detrimental to the elderly and infirm.
Guidelines have their place, but they don't replace sound medical experience and judgment.
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