BP Guidelines Changing


The new recommendations of blood pressure in people over 60 is 150/90.  It used to be 140/90.  This is significant.  It seems more is not always better.  “Experts also were concerned that any marginal benefits from reaching aggressive targets would be offset by side effects or unnecessary use of unproven treatments.”  Once again, the big question is will the idiotic quality indicators change with this?  If not, are we hurting our patients to get better scores and better bonuses?  The answer is a resounding YES!!!!

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “BP Guidelines Changing

  1. Les Myers
    January 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Whatever happened to good old 120/80? (Mine averages around 117/76, with medications, higher if I am in an exam room with a guy waring a white coat…

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