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New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Expert panel says treating some earlier with drugs shows little benefit, but other groups express concern

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"They laid the evidence out in a really crystal clear way, and were really careful to make recommendations you could trace back to the evidence without asking, 'How did they come up with that?'" Sox said.

"Even though they didn't send the guidelines to AHA and ACC, their documentation of the review process was so thorough that I, for one, was convinced they couldn't have learned anything more than what was learned in the initial review process," Sox added.

Dr. Curtis Rimmerman, a staff cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, said he will weigh the new recommendations in his future treatment decisions.

"I'm going to have to go along with what I think are responsible people doing responsible acts," he said. "I don't think it's going to change my practice very much, but I want to digest this information further. In some patients, I may relax some of my blood pressure goals, particularly among more elderly patients who are taking many medications."

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