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Since November 3-10, 1973 has been designated National High Blood Pressure Week, it is appropriate to call to the attention of the profession the following statement on hypertension adopted by the House of Delegates this past June 1973.
The AMA Committee on Hypertension urges all physicians to give their full cooperation to a national program to combat hypertension.
The numbers of patients with essential hypertension are so great and the benefits of treatment so significant that the Committee on Hypertension strongly recommends prompt and vigorous therapy of hypertensive patients.
Further, all physicians, regardless of specialty, are encouraged to routinely measure the blood pressure of every patient initially seeking care for any complaint.
Measurements of diastolic pressure averaging 105 mm Hg or higher on three separate follow-up visits usually indicate the need for the initiation of drug therapy. Persons whose diastolic pressures are found to be 90 to 104 mm Hg
Barclay WR, Macenski CW. High Blood Pressure—Blood Banks. JAMA. 1973;226(5):561–562. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230050039013
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