New Blood Pressure Guidelines Draw Fire

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Draw Fire

It sounded like great news for thousands of older people: New blood pressure guidelines might free them from the anxiety of taking powerful medications to control their blood pressure, and the side effects those pills sometimes brought.

But almost immediately, several members of the panel of medical experts recommending the change strongly dissented and warned that the new guidelines could endanger some people.

The result has been confusion similar to that created late last year with the muddled rollout of new guidelines for using cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

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