5 Questions: Randall Stafford on New Blood Pressure Guidelines


How are the new guidelines different from the previous ones, and why were they needed?
How many people have high blood pressure, and what do these changes mean for them?
Can you discuss the various treatments for lowering high blood pressure and how these will change under the new guidelines?
Despite scientific evidence that shows the tremendous health benefits of lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, why does it remain so difficult for health care professionals to motivate patients to make these changes?
You’re an advocate of a “risk-based care” approach for treating high blood pressure. Is this model of disease treatment useful in other clinical situations?