Fewer adults eligible for hypertension treatment under 2014 BP guidelines

  • April 23, 2014

The 2014 BP guideline released by panel members of the eighth Joint National Committee lowers the percentage of adults in the United States who meet the criteria for hypertension treatment and significantly increases the percentage of patients considered to have met their target BP goal, particularly among older patients, according to recent findings.

Researchers evaluated data on 16,372 patients enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, including BP measurements and patient-disclosed use of BP medications between 2005 and 2010. They estimated the percentage of adults with treatment-eligible hypertension based on the guidelines issued by both the seventh Joint National Committee (JNC 7) and the 2014 eighth committee (JNC 8). These estimates were stratified by age (18 to 59 years, and 60 years and older), treatment status and the presence or absence of comorbidities such as diabetes or chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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