Medical experts have published new guidelines for the treatment of hypertension. Providers are now encouraged to raise the blood pressure threshold for prescribing medication for people over 60.
Ray Townsend, who helped write the guidelines, runs the University of Pennsylvania's hypertension program. Clinical trials have shown medications for older patients should be prescribed more conservatively than in the past, he said.
"Someone who doesn't have kidney disease or diabetes, who is 60, we recommended a treatment goal and a diagnosis goal at 150 as opposed to 140," Townsend said. "This is a...