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September 10, 2003

The JNC 7 Hypertension GuidelinesThe JNC 7 Hypertension Guidelines

JAMA. 2003;290(10):1312. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1312-a

To the Editor: According to the JNC 7 recommendations,1 treating patients to achieve a blood pressure of 135/85 mm Hg would be considered successful. However, pooled data suggest that this goal would double the risks of myocardial infarction, stroke, and cardiovascular disease compared with an even lower target of 115/75 mm Hg.1-3