Half of USA adults have high blood pressure in new rules

Don’t just get your BP taken make sure it’s taken the right way

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

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology just lowered the threshold for high blood pressure to 130/80 millimeters of mercury, and now 46% of Americans - up from 32% - fall in the danger zone.

Dr. Fabregas says that even if your first blood pressure reading comes back high, you might not be at risk for hypertension.

Blood pressure of 120 over 80 is still considered normal, with any systolic pressure reading up to 129 considered "elevated". "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.

130/80 is the new high - a change from the old definition of 140/90.

The changes were announced at the American Heart Association's 2017 Scientific Sessions conference in Anaheim, California.

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Kenneth Jamerson, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine and hypertension specialist at the University of MI was one of almost two dozen medical experts who wrote the new guidelines.

Jarvis says before the new guidelines, about a third of Mainers had hypertension, or high blood pressure. High blood pressure sometimes is called the silent killer because it contributes to cardiovascular disease with no symptoms.

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.

Damage to blood vessels is already beginning once blood pressure reaches 130/80, said the guidelines, which were based in part on a major United States government-funded study of over 9,000 people nationwide.

"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. But only a small percentage of those patients will be prescribed anti-hypertensive medication, the association said. "According to what the guidelines say go a head and use what we call lifestyle modification", said Dr. Gordon.

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