Robert M. Carey, MD; Paul K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc; for the 2017 ACC/AHA Hypertension Guideline Writing Committee (*)
Acknowledgment: The authors thank the members of the writing committee (see Appendix); the ACC and the AHA; Katherine Sheehan, PhD, ACC/AHA Director of Guideline Strategy and Operations; Naira Tahir, MPH, Associate Guideline Advisor; Abdul Abdulla, MD, Science and Medicine Advisor; Glenn N. Levine, MD, ACC/AHA Task Force Chair; and the following partnering professional organizations: American Academy of Physician Assistants, Association of Black Cardiologists, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Geriatrics Society, American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Hypertension, American Society for Preventive Cardiology, National Medical Association, and Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.
Disclosures: Authors have disclosed no conflicts of interest. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M17-3203.
Editors' Disclosures: Christine Laine, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, reports that she has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Darren B. Taichman, MD, PhD, Executive Deputy Editor, reports that he has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Cynthia D. Mulrow, MD, MSc, Senior Deputy Editor, reports that she has no relationships or interests to disclose. Deborah Cotton, MD, MPH, Deputy Editor, reports that she has no financial relationships or interest to disclose. Jaya K. Rao, MD, MHS, Deputy Editor, reports that she has stock holdings/options in Eli Lilly and Pfizer. Sankey V. Williams, MD, Deputy Editor, reports that he has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Catharine B. Stack, PhD, MS, Deputy Editor for Statistics, reports that she has stock holdings in Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
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Current Author Addresses: Dr. Carey: University of Virginia Health System, PO Box 801414, Charlottesville, VA 22908-1414.
Dr. Whelton: Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Tulane School of Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: R.M. Carey, P.K. Whelton.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: R.M. Carey, P.K. Whelton.
Drafting of the article: R.M. Carey.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: R.M. Carey, P.K. Whelton.
Final approval of the article: R.M. Carey, P.K. Whelton.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: P.K. Whelton.
Collection and assembly of data: P.K. Whelton.
In November 2017, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released a clinical practice guideline for the prevention, detection, evaluation, and treatment of high blood pressure (BP) in adults. This article summarizes the major recommendations.
In 2014, the ACC and the AHA appointed a multidisciplinary committee to update previous reports of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure. The committee reviewed literature and commissioned systematic reviews and meta-analyses on out-of-office BP monitoring, the optimal target for BP lowering, the comparative benefits and harms of different classes of antihypertensive agents, and the comparative benefits and harms of initiating therapy with a single antihypertensive agent or a combination of 2 agents.
This article summarizes key recommendations in the following areas: BP classification, BP measurement, screening for secondary hypertension, nonpharmacologic therapy, BP thresholds and cardiac risk estimation to guide drug treatment, treatment goals (general and for patients with diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, and advanced age), choice of initial drug therapy, resistant hypertension, and strategies to improve hypertension control.
Carey RM, Whelton PK, . Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults: Synopsis of the 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Hypertension Guideline. Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print 23 January 2018]:. doi: 10.7326/M17-3203
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2018.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Guidelines, Hypertension, Nephrology.
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