Monday… for the first time in 14 years… the American Heart Association rolled out new guidelines to determine if we have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is now defined by a systolic reading of 130 mm HG and a diastolic measurement of 80 or higher. Used to be 140 over 90 was high blood pressure. Now that is considered hypertension.
Looks like with the news guidelines … almost half of US adults will be considered to have high blood pressure.
Remember … high blood pressure is known as “the Silent Killer.” It is the #2 risk factor in the number of preventable stroke and heart disease deaths.
So… make sure and monitor your blood pressure. We want you around for a good long while. : )
New categories now are:
Normal: Less than 120/80 mm HG
Elevated: Top number (systolic) between 120-129 and bottom number (diastolic) less than 80
Stage 1: Systolic between 130-139 or diastolic between 80-89
Stage 2: Systolic at least 140 or diastolic at lease 90 mm HG Hypertensive Crisis: Top number over 180 and bottom number over 120