Introduction - Blood Pressure Screening
In November 2017, the American Heart Association (AHA) created new hypertension guidelines. The new guidelines were developed by the American College of Cardiology, AHA, and nine other national healthcare organizations after a review of over 900 published studies in the latest (2003) published report: Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure. With the new national guidelines, nearly half of U.S. adults 20 years and older will be diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension. This means there are 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women that are not aware they have hypertension, have not been treated, or their hypertension has not been controlled. With an aging population and lifestyle choices of young adult and adult patients, the prevalence of hypertension is expected to increase. Many patients see a dentist more frequently than medical professionals, providing the dental team an opportunity to screen and monitor blood pressure measurements and discuss correlational systemic conditions.
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