New Hypertension Guidance

New Hypertension Guidance


You could be one of millions of people
who suddenly have high blood pressure. Yeah, things have changed. The American
Heart Association unveiled some new guidelines today that actually lowers
the target blood pressure level. NBC Connecticut’s Jamie Ratliff here now
with new information doctors are hoping will save some lives. This is all about saving lives. High blood pressure significantly
increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. Now before these new guidelines
about one in three adults in the U.S. were categorized as having high blood
pressure. Now it’s closer to one in two. For those affected by this, doctors say there are steps you need to take. When I heard about it I thought
about my blood pressure. Tonight, millions of Americans are being told to look at their numbers this after the American Heart Association and others gave a major overhaul to blood pressure guidelines. It’s very clear that their future risk of heart attack and stroke down the road is nearly doubled compared to patients with lower numbers. Previously, 140 over 90 or more was
considered high blood pressure but now it’s 130 over 80. Normal blood pressure
is less than 120 over 80. We’re gonna have to have the conversation with more people about how to treat hypertension. It means 14 percent more people are now
diagnosed with hypertension. Experts expect the new guidelines will greatly impact younger people with high blood pressure expected to triple among men
under 45 and double among women under 45. Cardiology director for the Heart &
Vascular Institute at the Hartford HealthCare at MidState Medical Center Dr. Bill Farrell says those impacted will need to see their doctor. Those considered high risk will need medication. But for the majority of Americans affected, it will be about lifestyle intervention. Whether it’s diet and exercise, reducing salt in their diet, controlling their weight. It will probably make people more proactive if they have a slightly high blood pressure. And with high blood pressure called a silent killer for preventable heart
disease and stroke deaths, early intervention is key. And Dr. Farrell says something important to point out here is that blood pressure is not a single
number you get either at a doctor’s office or at home so it’s important to
get it checked at least two maybe even three times in some cases it
can take dozens of times

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