Blood pressure guidelines tougher, more people to be diagnosed

Blood pressure guidelines tougher, more people to be diagnosed

Blood pressure guidelines tougher, more people to be diagnosed

Tighter blood pressure guidelines from US heart organizations mean millions more people need to make lifestyle changes, or start taking medication, in order to avoid cardiovascular problems.

The normal limit for blood pressure is considered 120 for systolic, or how much pressure the blood places on the artery walls when the heart beats, and 80 for diastolic, which is measured between beats.

"I think this will encourage both patients to adhere to recommendations but also clinicians to be more vigorous in their attempts to prescribe lifestyle changes", said Dr. Pamela Morris, chair of the ACC's committee on prevention of cardiovascular disease.

High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are two of the leading causes of death for Americans, according to the CDC.

The guidelines were presented at the heart association's annual Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, Calif.

"A lot more people are going to be diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure), but the result will be fewer cardiovascular events down the road", Gandhi said.

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Under the new guidelines normal blood pressure will be considered anything less than 120 over 80.

Dr. Shearer says changing the guidelines gives you a chance to make lifestyle changes like eating healthier and exercising regularly before it's too late.

Experts expect the new guidelines will greatly impact younger people, with high blood pressure expected to triple among men under 45 and double among women under 45. There are no obvious symptoms, which is why it is often called, "the silent killer".

Under the new guidelines published Monday, 46 percent of Americans now have hypertension compared to 32 percent under the former definition. The association recommends that those with stage 1 hypertension will only be prescribed medication if they have a heart attack or stroke. "According to what the guidelines say go a head and use what we call lifestyle modification", said Dr. Gordon.

"For the first time millions of American may be told that they have elevated blood pressure, whereas previously they've been told that their blood pressure is O.K.", says Dr. Andrew Calvin with the Cardiac Center at Mayo Clinic Health System.

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