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Blood Pressure Markers Moved

Congratulations, you might no longer have high blood pressure. A government-backed study is changing guidelines for managing hypertension, suggesting older patients only be prescribed medication for levels of 150/90 or higher, not 140/90, the previous recommendation. The change could be good news for older patients whose pill boxes are already filled to the brim, though some doctors worry the eased threshold could leave the condition untreated and elevate the risk for heart attacks and strokes. These new guidelines follow a similar pullback on cholesterol targets last month.