New recommendations relax the trigger point for taking medication

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Published: March, 2014

Less aggressive treatment prevents side effects but could lessen the proven benefits of treating high blood pressure.

New expert recommendations for treating high blood pressure call for a higher threshold at which men age 60 and older should consider taking medication to lower their blood pressure. The new treatment threshold is 150/90 mm Hg, higher than the previous recommendation of 140/90.

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