CT Doctor Goes Over New Blood Pressure Guidelines

CT Doctor Goes Over New Blood Pressure Guidelines

The new standard means almost half (46 per cent) of the USA population will be defined as having high blood pressure.

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) redefined high blood pressure as a reading of 130 over 80.

"You would think the people that have high blood pressure would be the people that are over weight, they smoke, they don't take care of them selves, don't eat well and certainly that's a possibility, but that doesn't have to be the case", said Dr. Gordon. "The days are pretty much over when doctors could walk into the office and tell people what to do, write a prescription and expect them to comply", he said on Twitter Tuesday.

This comes after the American Heart Association redefined guidelines for the first time in almost a decade.

Lowering the threshold for high blood pressure means more people will be diagnosed and treated, but the result should be fewer people having heart disease and strokes down the road, concluded a Bloomington-Normal cardiologist.

"The prevalence of hypertension among USA adults is substantially higher when the definition in the present guideline is used versus the [older] definition (46% versus 32%)", the authors write.

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High blood pressure is sometimes called a silent killer because there are no symptoms.

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.

"If you are going to put money into the healthcare system, it's to everyone's advantage if we treat and prevent on this side of it, in early treatment". But only a small percentage of those patients will be prescribed anti-hypertensive medication, the association said.

Once a person reaches 130/80, "you've already doubled your risk of cardiovascular complications compared to those with a normal level of blood pressure", said Dr Whelton.

Gandhi recommends that people who are at risk of high blood pressure buy a quality blood pressure cuff that wraps around their arms and to become comfortable taking their own blood pressure readings from time to time and reporting them to their doctor.

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