New expert recommendations for treating high blood pressure relax the threshold at which men age 60 and older should consider taking medication to lower their blood pressure. The guidelines also raise the threshold for blood pressure lowering in those with diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Less aggressive treatment could mean lower health care costs and slightly less risk of medication side effects, but not all experts agree that the change is advisable. The recommendations reflect lack of clear evidence that lowering blood pressure to the older, lower standard prevents heart attacks and strokes.
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