High blood pressure is redefined as 130, not 140: U.S. guidelines

High blood pressure is redefined as 130, not 140: U.S. guidelines

Almost half of American adults have high blood pressure under new guidelines released by heart health experts. But it increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the U.S.

Dr. Larry Gordon from Aspirus said the association most likely made the changes to be proactive and lower the risk of people being diagnosed with more serious illnesses later on.

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

High blood pressure can lead to strokes, heart disease and kidney failure, Dr. Paris says.

Though more people will need treatment, Jarvis says most of those newly defined as having high blood pressure will not need medication.

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

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Gandhi described the new guidelines as "sound" and "a long time coming".

"There are millions of people that fall into this category that's now called Stage One Hypertension who previously we were calling normal blood pressures", Cardiology Director for the Heart and Vascular Institute at the Hartford Healthcare Corporation at MidState Medical Center Dr. Bill Farrell said.

Doctors now recognise that complications "can occur at those lower numbers", said the first update to comprehensive United States guidelines on blood pressure detection and treatment since 2003.

The AHA hopes that the new guidelines won't mean more people will use medication, so much as the hope more people will make the lifestyle changes necessary to address hypertension. But only a small percentage of those patients will be prescribed anti-hypertensive medication, the association said.

The global hypertension drug market is already expected to climb to $32 billion by the end of 2020, according to analysts at Technavio, but now with the new guidelines for blood pressure set in place by the American Heart Association earlier this week, that market could rise even more as additional Americans may need medication. It measures the amount of pressure going through your heart when it's pumping.

"Elevated blood pressure is not our friend".

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