JACC Editor’s Page: High Blood Pressure Guidelines

In a recent Editor’s Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, discusses the new ACC/American Heart Association guideline for high blood pressure that was published in November. Fuster highlights three takeaways from the guideline: (1) the importance of not unnecessarily treating patients; (2) the fact that a large percentage of Americans with high blood pressure levels are not being properly treated based on both the old and the new guidelines; and (3) that many Americans are not aware that they have high blood pressure, showing the importance of identifying patients who are hypertensive. “[B]lood pressure management presents the first real opportunity for personalized medicine within the cardiovascular field,” Fuster writes. “Caregivers should be discussing blood pressure with their patients to understand the appropriate level for each person. Furthermore, we need to prioritize those patients who have high blood pressure. The attention that the guideline has received may present just the opportunity to broach these conversations with each of our patients individually.” Read more. Visit the guideline hubs on OnlineJACC.org and ACC.org for additional commentary, tools and resources.