New guideline for High blood pressure puts many at risk of hypertension

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The American Heart Association on Monday redefined High blood pressure from 140/90 to 130/80  mm Hg measurement, making nearly half of US adults hypertensive.

The Association said “High blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80 and higher for the diastolic measurement,”.

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The new guidelines were made public at the American Heart Association’s 2017 Scientific Sessions conference in Anaheim, California.

120/80 is considered as the normal limit for blood pressure.

Lead author of the guidelines published in the American Heart Association, journal, Hypertension and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Paul Whelton, said once you reach 130/80, “you’ve already doubled your risk of cardiovascular complications compared to those with a normal level of blood pressure.”

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“We want to be straight with people –- if you already have a doubling of risk, you need to know about it,” he said, adding that complications “can occur at those lower numbers.”

“I have no doubt there will be controversy. I’m sure there will be people saying ‘We have a hard enough time getting to 140,” said Whelton.

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