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Beyond the Script – Hypertension: Is High Blood Pressure a Big Deal? – Episode 004

June 23, 2022

Dr. Joel Bessmer explains what Hypertension is, why more than 100 million Americans have it, and ways that it can be treated. In 2017, the AHA moved the goalpost for diagnosing stage 1 hypertension from 140/90 to 130/80. We discuss why they made this decision. Is 130/80 really hypertension, or is the healthcare system incentivized to label more people with a disease.


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