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New High Blood Pressure Guidelines: Can I Trust Them? (Dr. Pat Consults)

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC

A cardiologist discusses three changes recommended in the new guidelines on management of high blood pressure: (1) a more lenient goal for patients older than age 60; (2) elimination of the category called "pre-hypertension"; and (3) the removal of a class of blood pressure drugs called beta blockers from the list of first-line agents.

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