New High Blood Pressure Treatment Guidelines

  • Peter Zajac, DO, FACOFP
  • Merideth C. Norris, DO, FACOFP
  • Amy J. Keenum, DO, PharmD


High Blood Pressure is a common medical condition. If it is not checked or treated, it can damage body organs such as the brain, heart, and kidneys. A number of problems such as heart disease and stroke are caused by high blood pressure. Blood pressure is measured by taking the systolic pressure (the upper number) followed by the diastolic pressure (the lower number). High blood pressure occurs when either of these numbers is too high which can happen with no symptoms. Signs and symptoms in instances of severe High Blood Pressure may include headache, feeling weak and tired, dizzy or light headed, chest pain or tightness, fast heart rate, visual or hearing problems, and shortness of breath.

Author Biographies

Peter Zajac, DO, FACOFP
Merideth C. Norris, DO, FACOFP
Amy J. Keenum, DO, PharmD
health literacy editor


American Heart Association


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Prescriber’s Letter.

How to Cite
Zajac, DO, FACOFPP., Norris, DO, FACOFPM. C., and Keenum, DO, PharmDA. J. “New High Blood Pressure Treatment Guidelines”. Osteopathic Family Physician, Vol. 7, no. 1, Jan. 2015,
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