Harvard Heart Letter

More reading on resistant hypertension

Resistant hypertension is the term for blood pressure that stays stubbornly above the target your doctor has set (see Blood pressure goals, below) in spite of lifestyle changes and medications. The American Heart Association has published a state-of-the-art paper that covers the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of resistant hypertension.

Blood pressure goals

Under 120/80: the ideal

Under 140/90: the goal if you are being treated for high blood pressure

Under 130/80: the goal if you have high blood pressure and diabetes or chronic kidney disease

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