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Why It’s Getting Harder To Decide When To Treat High Blood Pressure
National Public Radio

Are you ready for some more uncertainty about blood pressure treatment?

Decisions about blood pressure have gotten more difficult over the last couple of years as experts in the U.S. have failed to reach consensus on recommendations about when drug therapy should be started. Now there’s new evidence that could make the decisions even more challenging.

Let’s review first where there is agreement. Around the world, high blood pressure causes a lot of harm. Your risk of health problems — such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease — increases with higher blood pressure.