The first major update since 2003 was announced this week during the 2017 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.
On Monday, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology unveiled new clinical guidelines for treating hypertension, marking the first major update since 2003. Hypertension, which occurs when there is too much pressure of blood against the walls of the arteries, is the second leading cause of heart disease after smoking. The new guidelines will have a ripple effect across healthcare, changing treatment protocols, data reporting, and whether practices and health systems are succeeding in population health. Here are 5 things to know about the new hypertension guidelines:
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