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Category: Hypertension

Important Nurses throughout History

May 6th marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, commemorating the crucial role of nurses in the healthcare system and raising awareness of the value of nursing. The week-long celebration ends on May 12th – the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Although perhaps the most well-known, Nightingale was not the only nursing pioneer that made history. The nurses below made significant changes to the field through their discoveries, compassion, dedication, and practice – together forging the profession of modern nursing.

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Updated Guidelines for Blood Pressure

For many years, hypertension was defined as a blood pressure reading of 140 over 90 mm Hg or higher. Recently updated guidelines from the American Heart Association, however, now classify a BP of 130 over 80 mm Hg or higher as hypertension. As a result, many patients previously considered healthy—with normal or slightly elevated BP readings—now rank in the hypertension stage 1 category.

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