The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recently released revised national guidelines for hypertension that are likely to effect the way millions of patients are diagnosed and treated for the disease. UVA’s Robert Carey, MD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine in DOM’s Division of Endocrinology, served as vice chair of the joint AHA-ACC committee that developed the new guidelines.
The new guidelines were the subject of a front-page article in the New York Times, published the day the guidelines were released, which quotes Dr. Carey in exploring the likely impact of the revised definition for high blood pressure. “The numbers are scary,” said Dr. Carey. (“Under New Guidelines, Millions More Americans Will Need to Lower Blood Pressure,” Gina Kolata, p. A1, Nov. 13, 2017).