AHA statement recommends lower BP targets for CAD patients

The JNC 7th report currently recommends that the lower target of 130/80 mm Hg be used in patients with diabetes or chronic kidney disease. BP targets for men and women with established CAD currently are 140/90; they should be 130/80 mm Hg; lower than those specified in the Joint National Committee 7th report of 140/90 mm Hg, a new American Heart Association Scientific Statement specifies. The BP target of 140/90 remains appropriate for General CAD prevention.

According to the new statement, "When people walk into their doctors' offices with systolic pressures between 130 and 140, most primary care doctors and many cardiologists would believe that patient had normal blood pressure and wouldn't require additional treatment.


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