Our nation’s heart experts have bumped up the guidelines for high blood pressure– a change hoping more people will be become more sensitive to the dangers of stoke and heart attacks that are the second cause of preventable death in the United States and the leading reason for deaths worldwide.
The new redefined high blood pressure, as a reading is now 130 over 80, down from 140 over 90 as determined by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology 14 years ago.
What this means that presently almost 50 per cent (46 percent) American adults, many of them under the age of 45, now will be labeled hypertensive. Before November 11 under the previous guidelines, 32 percent of U.S. adults had high blood pressure.
Normal blood pressure for healthy adults remains at 120 (high number: systolic [heart contracts])/over 80 (low number: diastolic [heart relaxes between beats]).
Most of the data to support the new requirements came from a large-scale study of more than 9,000 people reversing the assumptions held by many blood pressure medical professionals.
The results shows bringing down blood pressure vs. the recommended 140/90 could reduce the risk of heart and stoke. Although most of the participates in the study were people 50 or over, other studies have shown younger people are at risk also for hypertension. Hypertension can lead to cardiovascular disease, strokes, kidney disease and other maladies killing millions every year.
Hence, the key reason to clue in Americans sooner on the insidious illness outcomes high blood pressure can generate. In that way, more healthy lifestyles might be migrated through U.S society by healthy eating, exercise, and reduced tension.
In that way, the “Silent Killer” so named because so many people are unaware they have the condition because there are no symptoms. The new requirements won’t change the symptoms but may arouse the interest needed to combat this dreaded disease.
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