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Why are there now new guidelines on safe blood pressure?

We have known for a long time that high blood pressure is a silent killer, often with no symptoms. New treatment guidelines were announced at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology on November 13, 2017.

The new guidelines may impact up to 50% of our adult population and are based upon extensive research by a panel of scientific health experts. But there is still much work to be done within the medical field to effectively roll out and apply these recommendations in the clinical setting. Proactively treating patients sooner will help reduce the risk of poor outcomes and complications associated with untreated hypertension.

If you do not have a primary care physician, the physicians at Lakes Urgent Care can help with your initial assessment and direct your follow up care with a high-quality primary care provider.