New guidelines say nearly half of US adults have high blood pressure

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Nearly half the U.S. adult population has high blood pressure according to the first comprehensive new high blood pressure guidelines in more than a decade.

High blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80 and higher for the diastolic measurement. That is a change from the old definition of 140/90 and higher.

Blood pressure categories in the new guidelines published by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology 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 least 90 mm Hg;
  • Hypertensive crisis: Top number over 180 and/or bottom number over 120, with patients needing prompt changes in medication if there are no other indications of problems, or immediate hospitalization if there are signs of organ damage.

High blood pressure accounts for the second largest number of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths, second only to smoking. 

For personal trainer Jameson Carr, a new standard for what's considered 'high blood pressure' means there will be a new path forward for how he handles most of his clients.

“Most people are unfortunately a little higher than the new standard of 130,” he explained.

Dr. John Bisognano, President of the American Society of Hypertension, says it’s not all bad news.

“Blood pressure that is not normal doesn’t necessarily mean they need drug treatment medications, but it recognizes the damage is beginning and people should take some concern,” Dr. Bisognano said.


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