New blood pressure guidelines

New blood pressure guidelines

New blood pressure guidelines

Dr Chin Chee Tang, a senior cardiologist at the National Heart Centre Singapore, said doctors have always known that the effects of blood pressure on health are a continuum, so thresholds for "normal" or "not normal" are not always useful.

According to the new guidelines, a systolic blood pressure readings between 130-139 is considered stage 1 hypertension and a reading over 140 is considered stage 2 hypertension.

With this new change, people are questioning the rationale behind, as it was already hard to maintain even the previous target - which is 140.

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association said the definition of high blood pressure is being lowered to account for complications that can occur at lower numbers, so people can start making changes sooner.

The guideline also states that damage to the blood vessels is already beginning once blood pressure reaches 130/80, further strengthening the argument.

At the new cutoff, around 46 percent, or more than 103 million, of American adults are considered to have high blood pressure, compared with an estimated 72 million under the previous guidelines in place since 2003.

A comparison between the previous and new blood pressure measurements. They add that the nationwide obesity epidemic in kids has contributed to increased rates of high blood pressure in kids. "It doesn't mean you need medication, but it's a yellow light that you need to be lowering your blood pressure, mainly with non-drug approaches".

The 2010 National Health Survey found that 23.5 per cent of people here are hypertensive, with one in four not being aware of it.

Q: How seriously should people take the new hypertension guidelines? The first step will still be lifestyle modification, especially in those without risk factors.

"As a cardiologist, we're dealing with the problems down the road with the heart attacks, the heart failure", he said.

"It is important, however, to realise that the change in the definition does not give course to increase prescription of medications, rather that it brings to light the need to make lifestyle changes", highlighted Satjit Bhusri, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY. You're also able to buy a machine to take your blood pressure at home.

The biggest lifestyle changes to lower their risk for hypertension is for overweight people to shed some pounds and for inactive people to get moving, Bodine said. She said there's a similar correlation with a drop in salt intake.

He said: "The lower the blood pressure is, the lower the risk of adverse outcomes".

More than half the people aged 60 years and older have high blood pressure.

Dr Chin said the main advantage of the new U.S. cut-off is it could "increase awareness of the dangers associated with high blood pressure, and hence an earlier drive for individuals to optimise their blood pressure".

He further stated that "within African American communities and Latino communities, there's less penetrance of those individuals having primary care physicians".

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