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U.S. Task Force Issues Blood Pressure Guidelines
Date:5/15/2012

fferent expertise and approaches work together to support their patients, they can find the right formula for getting blood pressure under control," he added.

The CDC provides ongoing scientific and other support for the task force, which published its findings in the Guide to Community Preventive Services.

Complete findings from this review are expected to be published in May 2013.

High blood pressure was the main or a contributing cause of approximately 336,000 American deaths in 2007. If all people with high blood pressure were treated under the current clinical guidelines, it's estimated that 46,000 lives could be saved each year, the CDC said.

Team-based care is a major component of the Million Hearts initiative launched in September 2011 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the initiative is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States over five years.

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about treating high blood pressure.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, May 15, 2012


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