SPRINTing to the 2017 Hypertension Guidelines

This course will review our understanding of “normal” blood pressure and our current definition of hypertension (HTN) including a discussion of the major trials that have shaped our approach to hypertension prescribing including the 2017 ACC/AHA Guidelines, with a focus on recent data (SPRINT, HOPE-3). We will also examine the concept of using ASCVD risk estimation to personalize treatment of hypertension.

Target Audience

Cardiologists, General Internists, Family Physicians, Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care Physicians, Obstetricians, Gynecologists and Physician Assistants.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the key differences and controversies among the multitude of hypertension practice guidelines.
  • Discuss the different rationales for variable blood pressure goals.
Additional information

Gadde, S., Bennett, D., & Omar, B. (2016). Impact Of Recent Cholesterol And Hypertension Guidelines On Lipid And BP Control. Journal of Clinical Lipidology, 10(3), 683.

Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 General certificate of attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Roger Blumenthal, M.D.
Director, Preventive Cardiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Member, National Spokesperson Panel
Co-chair, Prevention Subcommittee
Baltimore, Maryland
Co-chair, ACC/AHA Guidelines Committee
American Heart Association

Roger Blumenthal, M.D., has indicated that neither he nor his spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and he will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in his presentation or discussion.
Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 General certificate of attendance
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