To the Editor: I am concerned that the "prehypertension"
classification in the JNC 7 guidelines1 threatens
to medicalize most of the adult population. Young women with blood pressures
of 120/80 mm Hg are at very low absolute risk of adverse cardiovascular events.
However, if classified as prehypertensive, they would place demands on the
medical system that could divert resources from those most at risk. They would
also face new stresses as they contemplate pregnancy.
Nelson MR. The JNC 7 Hypertension GuidelinesThe JNC 7 Hypertension Guidelines. JAMA. 2003;290(10):1312. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1312-a