3 groups release updated measures for heart disease, hypertension

06/13/2011 | HealthDay News

The American Heart Association and two other medical groups have updated their guidelines on care for coronary artery disease and hypertension and said that adults should achieve a blood pressure level of less than 140/90 mm Hg, and those who exceed this limit should take two or more antihypertensive drugs. The groups also recommended that people maintain "bad" or LDL cholesterol levels of less than 100 mg/dL, while those who suffer certain heart-related conditions such as acute heart attack should be referred early to cardiac rehabilitation therapy, among other measures.

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