Saturday, 18 November, 2017

CT Doctor Goes Over New Blood Pressure Guidelines

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Tracy Craig | 15 November, 2017, 01:09

Tighter blood pressure guidelines from US heart organizations mean millions more people need to make lifestyle changes, or start taking medication, in order to avoid cardiovascular problems.

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology lowered the threshold for high blood pressure on Monday.

Dr. Fabregas says that even if your first blood pressure reading comes back high, you might not be at risk for hypertension. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80.

"I think this will encourage both patients to adhere to recommendations but also clinicians to be more vigorous in their attempts to prescribe lifestyle changes", said Dr. Pamela Morris, chair of the ACC's committee on prevention of cardiovascular disease.

The changes were announced at the American Heart Association's 2017 Scientific Sessions conference in Anaheim, California.

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

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"Millions of more people hopefully will have increased awareness about their blood pressure and maybe pay more attention to low salt diet, to diet, to exercise, to weight loss... it doesn't necessarily mean medication right off the bat", Mookherjee said. High blood pressure sometimes is called the silent killer because it contributes to cardiovascular disease with no symptoms.

High blood pressure can mean serious problems with your heart.

Despite an increase in the amount of Americans with high blood pressure, the AHA hopes their new guidelines mean there will be only a small increase in the amount of patients requiring medication.

The blood pressure categories have changed under the new guidelines.

But patients in the 120 systolic blood pressure group had a higher rate of kidney injury or failure, as well as fainting.

The proper technique must be used to measure blood pressure, and levels "should be based on an average of two to three readings on at least two different occasions", according to the new guidelines.

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