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Looking past blood pressure numbers
- By Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
New research suggests an individualized, multifactor approach to treatment may be better.
For many years, numbers have served as the primary indicators for whether you are healthy or at risk of disease.
"Numbers can offer some important information, but decisions about treatment and management shouldn’t always revolve around the results of one test or reading," says Dr. Howard LeWine, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief medical editor for Harvard Health Publishing.
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