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The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on

Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment
of High Blood Pressure (JNC 7)

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The new high blood pressure guidelines classify persons with systolic blood pressures of 120-139 mmHg or diastolic blood pressures of 80-89 mmHg as prehypertensive. In this figure, the risk of heart disease death begins to rise at a systolic blood pressure of 115. For every 20 mmHG increase above that, the risk of heart disease death doubles. The increase in risk occurs at every decade of life.

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