TASK Force I of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, was charged with providing practical recommendations for (1) identifying that segment of the total population with high blood pressure, (2) determining those who could be expected to benefit from antihypertensive therapy, and (3) proposing appropriate therapeutic regimens. In 1973, the task force issued a report entitled "Data Base for Effective Antihypertensive Therapy," which included guidelines for the detection, follow-up, and stepped-care therapy of patients with high blood pressure. The ensuing three years of extensive experience that have been gained in detection and referral techniques and in a simplified approach to therapy indicate that a revision of these recommendations would be useful.
This report of the Joint National Committee on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure presents a consensus of the organizational representatives serving on the committee. Therapeutic considerations have emphasized treatment