High blood pressure is the 2nd leading cause of preventable death in the US, only surpassed by cigarette smoking. We all know smoking is dangerous now we really need to understand the danger of high blood pressure.
The new recommendations, published Monday, come from a team of over 20 independent scientific researchers reviewing over 900 studies. The recommendations were reviewed and adopted by 11 major medical groups including The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
This is the first time in 14 years that blood pressure guidelines have changed. It also means that 46% of adults, many of them under the age of 45, now will be considered hypertensive.
New Blood Pressure Guidelines
Anything over 130/80 is now consider “high blood pressure”.
The new guidelines define normal as less than 120/80. When systolic pressure (the first number) is between 130 and 139 or diastolic (the second number) is between 80 and 89, this will be referred to as Stage 1 hypertension.
When is Blood Pressure an Emergency?
Blood pressure over 180 systolic (top number) or 120 diastolic (bottom number), doctors consider this a “Hypertensive Crisis”. If your blood pressure gets this high, you need immediate changes in medication or or you may even need emergency hospitalization if there are signs of organ damage.
What Does It Cost to Live?
“The drugs approved to treat high blood pressure are all generic. For just a few dollars a day, you can save millions of lives,” according to Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the CDC.
Are You Too Young or Too Old to Worry About Blood Pressure?
Is it Hard to Control Blood Pressure?
“Controlling your blood pressure should be super-easy”, according to Dr. Michael Freedman of Evolve Direct Primary Care. “First of all, there are so many medication choices that you should NEVER have to deal with side effects, NEVER have to pay more than a few dollars per month and you really shouldn’t have to see the doctor all the time.”