New Hypertension Guidelines

VFlutter

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Shouldn't matter in EMS or even Emergency Rooms. Outside of a specific few pathologies hypertension should not be treated emergently. Probably see more people on PO meds that otherwise would not have been before. I am sure there is a good percentage of the population who is hypertension stage 1.
 
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Agreed but you never know if some decision maker would take the information and fly off the handle.
On a personal note I once discovered (in a bad way) that my BP was 225/139 (and the issue was after I had been tracking my BP with a cuff I bought off Amazon (not licensed by Health Canada - I discovered was way out of calibration and was giving me "high normal" readings for three years until I had a stroke)...let that be a lesson to the young'uns. But I digress.
 

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I am sure there is a good percentage of the population who is hypertension stage 1.
Certainly more now than before ;)

NNTs are favorable for antihypertensives, I guess?
 

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NNTs? Numbers needed to treat??
Yeah, just thinking - maybe - that lowering thresholds for when something is a "disease" leads to more use of drugs...but they'll help, maybe?
 

Remi

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Yeah, just thinking - maybe - that lowering thresholds for when something is a "disease" leads to more use of drugs...but they'll help, maybe?
I think that is a lot of what goes on with these recommendations.
 

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I think that is a lot of what goes on with these recommendations.
Seems likely. If I were a cynic, I'd say it's to justify more tests and meds and pay for specialists (see: all the literature on physician owned labs, outpatient facilities...).
 

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I think that is a lot of what goes on with these recommendations.
Personally, i have firmly applied the tin foil hat in this circumstance.

Clinically, our MD doesnt see a need to change our protocols and also is suspicious of this move.
 

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