New high blood pressure guidelines

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High blood pressure was redefined on Monday by the American Heart Association (AHA), which said the disease should be treated sooner, when it reaches 130/80mm Hg, and not the previous limit of 140/90.

It's safe to say most people would be overwhelmed with the new guidelines - 167 pages, citing 367 scientific publications, titled "2017 ACC/AHA/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/AGS/APhA/ASH/ASPC/NMA/PCNA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults".

"Elevated blood pressure is not our friend".

Previously, the AHA said 32 percent of adults in the US had high blood pressure (hypertension) but with the new guidelines, about 46 percent have hypertension.




You might have high blood pressure and not even realize it. "We want to be straight with people - if you already have a doubling of risk, you need to know about it". It's also known as a "silent killer" because often there are no symptoms. Five years later, when that patient has a reading of 140 over 90 and is overweight, he or she is at significantly greater risk of cardiovascular disease so they are immediately placed on blood pressure medicine and counseled on exercise and healthy eating.

WECT's Ben Smart is interviewing two cardiologists today to understand what these new heart health guidelines mean for you.

The new guideline lowers that to 130 over 80. If successful, the study's authors say these things can significantly lower your numbers, and risk of heart attack and stroke.

The proper technique must be used to measure blood pressure, and levels "should be based on an average of two to three readings on at least two different occasions", according to the new guidelines. A national physician task force has changed the definition of hypertension, and is recommending more patients receive treatment earlier. Though, if patients with stage one have additional risk factors, such as a previous stroke, heart attack, diabetes or kidney disease, doctors may prescribe a medication, along with lifestyle changes. "Rather, it brings to light the need to make lifestyle changes".

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