New Blood Pressure Guidelines. Know Your Risk.

New Blood Pressure Guidelines. Know Your Risk.


David Huffstutler, president and CEO, St.
David’s HealthCare: More than a hundred-million Americans suffer from high blood pressure,
and that number is about to increase. The American Heart Association and the American
College of Cardiology have now released new guidelines for what indicates normal and healthy
blood pressure. Your health and quality of life are important
to us at St. David’s HealthCare. Be sure to get your blood pressure checked
and talk to your doctor about what you can do to be heart healthy in 2018. Now, here’s Dr. Vivek Goswami from Heart
Hospital of Austin to take us through the latest blood pressure guidelines. Vivek Goswami, M.D., clinical cardiologist,
Heart Hospital of Austin: I think most people know that a historical blood pressure of anything
greater than 140/90 is considered elevated. Those guidelines have changed due to recent
data, and those guidelines now define any blood pressure greater than 130 over 80 as
hypertension. Any blood pressure over 120 is considered
elevated. We know that if you have a systolic blood
pressure of 130 versus 120, the chances of experiencing a heart attack or stroke are
twofold. So, you double the risk of having a stroke
or heart attack just by having a blood pressure of 130 versus 120. What’s important though, even though millions
of Americans will carry a new diagnosis of high blood pressure, that doesn’t necessarily
mean millions of Americans will require medication. Really the goals of these new definitions
and to label people with hypertension with a blood pressure of 130 over 80, is so they
can implement diet and lifestyle modifications at an earlier stage. And some of the things we can do right off
the bat are: increasing our exercise and activity level, reduce our dietary sodium intake, we
can eat a well-balanced diet with whole grains, fruits and vegetables, cooking with olive
oils and restricting saturated and trans fats. We can reduce things like alcohol intake and
if you’re smoking, we really want to restrict that out of our day to day habits. Oftentimes these diet and lifestyle modifications
can get your blood pressure back in that range where we feel it’s healthy without taking
medication.

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