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Panel recommends blood pressure screening to stop a 'silent killer'
Panel recommends blood pressure screening to stop a 'silent killer'

Health authorities in the U.S. are taking fresh aim at a “silent killer” with a recommendation that all American adults be screened for high blood pressure. People should be screened once a year if they are at least 40 years old, if they are overweight or obese, if they are African American, or if their blood pressure is in the “high normal” range, according to a draft recommendation released Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Adults ages 18 to 39 who have no risk factors for high blood pressure should be screened once every three to five years, the panel said. In one of the studies cited by the task force, senior citizens in Ontario, Canada, who...

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