Editor's Audio Summary by Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, MBA, Executive Editor, the Journal of the American Medical Association, for the February 05, 2014 issue
Allen and coauthors analyzed data from the prospective CARDIA cohort to identify common blood pressure (BP) trajectories throughout early adulthood and to determine their association with presence of subclinical atherosclerosis during middle age. Sarafidis and Bakris comment in an editorial.
Marrouche and coauthors report the results of the DECAAF study, which was a multicenter assessment of the association of atrial tissue fibrosis identified by delayed enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and catheter ablation outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation.
In the report from the panel members appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8), the guideline authors provide evidence-based recommendations for the management of hypertension including specific goals by age, race, and comorbidities.