The SPRINT Trial on Aggressive Treatment of Hypertension Should Be Published at the Earliest

Toward the end of 2013, the eighth Joint National Committee (JNC) released the latest guidelines for treatment of adult hypertension. The 14-page document, along with 300 pages of online supplement, could be distilled into two simple messages: keep blood pressure below 150/90 in people over 60 years but below 140/90 in all other adults, and that treatment could begin with any one of mainstream anti-hypertensive medication (one could initiate treatment with a thiazide type diuretic, ACE inhibitor, angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) or a calcium blocker).

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