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New Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean Yours Might be Too High Now

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean Yours Might be Too High Now”

As such, health care professionals should be identifying these patients and helping to initiate interventions to bring down blood pressure.

The new guidelines eliminate the category of prehypertension, which was used for blood pressures with a top number (systolic) between 120-139 mm Hg or a bottom number (diastolic) between 80-89 mm Hg.

The best way to deal with it is by exercising more, eating a diet low in sodium while restricting alcohol and lowering stress. These guidelines, the first update to offer comprehensive guidance to doctors on managing adults with high blood pressure since 2003, are created to help people address the potentially deadly condition much earlier.

Rather than 1 in 3 USA adults having high blood pressure (32 percent) with the previous definition, the new guidelines will result in almost half of the US adult population (46 percent) having high blood pressure, or hypertension.

Under new health guidelines for hypertension, almost half of all adults in the United States suffer from high blood pressure and are at risk of major health problems. "We expect this guideline will cause our society and our physician community to really pay attention much more to lifestyle recommendations".

Heart experts released new guidelines for blood pressure Monday and that means millions more Americans will now be diagnosed with high blood pressure.

The new AHA guidelines for diagnosing hypertension are listed below.

In 2010, high blood pressure was the leading cause of death worldwide and the second-leading cause of preventable death in the United States, after cigarette smoking.

Those with a top reading over 130 and a bottom reading above 80 have "high blood pressure", which is also known as "stage 1 hypertension".

"It's normal to have a systolic blood pressure of 120 and a diastolic below 80, and that's what we should all be aiming to have", Whelton said.

The reason lower blood pressure can raise the risk of dizziness and kidney problems is simply that the brain and kidneys require a certain amount of pressure to "drive" their function, pushing blood through the organs, said Edmundowicz, who also is medical director of the Temple Heart and Vascular Institute. Damage to the inside of arteries and other blood vessels can grow over time, and rates of hypertension increase with age. Men are more likely to have high blood pressure than women and blacks are more likely than whites.

In developing the guidelines, authors also analyzed more than 900 research studies, excluding those that did not meet strict research requirements.

The new goal strikes "an appropriate balance between efficacy... and safety", for those who will be asked to take more medications that can have side effects such as dizziness and falling, said Bob Carey, vice-chair of the guideline committee and a professor of medicine and dean emeritus at the University of Virginia Health System School of Medicine. The four main classes of drugs for blood pressure have generic versions and can be as cheap as a few dollars a month. There are no obvious symptoms, which is why it is often called, "the silent killer".



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