For more than 20 years, US Joint National Committee (JNC) hypertension guidelines, including JNC 7, have recommended systolic and diastolic blood pressure (BP) thresholds of 140/90 mm Hg for the initiation of antihypertensive medication and a goal during treatment for individuals without diabetes or chronic kidney disease.1,2 The 2014 report from the panel members appointed to JNC 8 recently recommended a higher systolic BP (SBP) threshold (150 mm Hg) for treatment initiation and a treatment goal in adults 60 years or older.3 We estimated the percentage and characteristics of older US adults potentially affected by the new SBP threshold.
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