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41 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HYPERTENSION AND HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA - 2008

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  • According to the guidelines of the European Society of Hypertension (2003), which have been adopted by the British Society of Hypertension (2004) and the Hellenic Society For The Study Of Hypertension (2005), the classification of pressure for adults can be seen in table 2. This classification is based on blood pressure measurements performed on at least 2 different visits to the doctor's office. On every visit, at least two measurements must be performed after the patient has relaxed for a few minutes in a sitting position.
  • It is worth mentioning that according to the recent American Guidelines for Hypertension (JNC-7, 2003) a systolic level of 120-139 mmHg and a diastolic level of 80-89 mmHg are called "prehypertension". The adoption of this term aims at the wider sensitization of both the public and the physicians at the early stages of hypertension. This will presumably help in the wider application of lifestyle changes for the prevention of hypertension and also in the tight monitoring of blood pressure to allow the patient's prompt treatment, in the initial stages of hypertension.

WRITING GROUP
G. Stergiou, Chairman
A. Achimastos
E. Andreadis
I. Avramopoulos
M. Elissaf
N. Karatzas
T. Mountokalakis
D. Papadogiannis
K. Siamopoulos
E. Varsamis
K. Vemmos
D. Vlahakos