Re: Why do we overtreat hypertension?
17 September 2012
Spence states that NICE guidance is only to treat hypertension after determining elevated cardiovascular risk. This is only correct for stage 1 hypertension (daytime average BP by ABPM >= 135/85). For stage 2 hypertension (BP >=150/95) the recommendation is to initiate treatment in all patients regardless of age.
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Oaklands Medical Centre, St. Ann's Walk Middlewich CW10 9BE
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