Half Of US Adults Have High Blood Pressure In New Guidelines
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Half Of US Adults Have High Blood Pressure In New Guidelines

September 2, 2019


THE LOOK AT HOTTEST 30 MILLION MORE AMERICANS WILL HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, ACCORDING TO NEW MEDICAL GUIDELINES THAT WERE JUST RELEASED TO DAY, THAT LOWER THE THRESHOLD THIS MEANS NEARLY HALF OF THE U.S. ADULTS HAVE HYPERTENSION. HEALTH REPORTER STEPHANIE STAHL IS HERE TO EXPLAIN NEW NUMBERS. THAT IS RIGHT, LOVES PEOPLE IMPACTED BY THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN A DECADE THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION IS CHANGING ITS GUIDELINES, FOR WHAT IS CONSIDERED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. IT COVERS A LOT MORE PEOPLE, WHICH MEANS MILLIONS MORE FACE AN INCREASED RISK FOR HEART DISEASE. CHECK YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE. REPORTER: CHARLES HAS BEEN WORKING TO LOWER HIS BLOOD PRESSURE FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS AND NEW WITH THE NEW GUIDELINES 10S OF MILLIONS OF ADDITIONAL AMERICANS WILL SOON BE LEARNING THEY HAVE HYPERTENSION TOO. THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION AND AMERICAN COLLEGE OF THE CARDIOLOGY ARE DEFINING A TOP RATING OF 130 OR MORE OR A BOTTOM READING OR MORE OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. OLD DEFINITION OF HIGH WAS 40 OVER 90. MOST OF THEM, JUST NEED TO KNOW THEY ARE AT HIGH RISK BUT THEY CAN MANAGE THAT PROBLEM, ON THEIR OWN. REPORTER: CHANGE IS EXPECT TO HAVE BIGGEST IMPACT ON MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 45. THAT WOULD MEAN THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO EXERCISE MORE, HAVE A BETTER DIET, DIET LOW IN SODIUM, RESTRICT ALCOHOL, AND LOWER STRESS. REPORTER: UNDER NEW GUIDELINES, 120 OR LESS IS STILL, NORMAL BLOOD PRESSURE BUT UP TO 129 IS CONSIDERED ELEVATED, AND AT 130, THERE WILL NOW BE DIFFERENT STAGES OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, WHICH INCREASES THE RISK OF HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES. PREVENTING GETTING HYPERTENSION IS MUCH BETTER THEN TREATING HYPERTENSION. IT GOODIES TO TREAT IT WHEN IT IS THERE BUT WAY BETTER TO PREVENT IT. REPORTER: CHARLES SAYS HE CHECKS HIS BLOOD PRESSURE EVERY DAY, PLUS. TRY TO EAT A HEART HEALTHY DIET, EXERCISE. REPORTER: DOCTORS SAY NOW MORE AMERICANS WILL NEED TO FOLLOW, IN HIS FOOTSTEPS. NOW THE NEW GUIDELINES ALSO EMPHASIZED MAKING SURE THAT BLOOD PRESSURE READINGS ARE ACCURATE. THEY SHOULD BE, BASED ON TWO OR THREE READINGS TAKEN AT LEAST IN TWO DIFFERENT TIME FRAMES AND THEY ALSO WANT PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND PROPER TECHNIQUES FOR CHECKING THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE AT HOME. THEY SAY WHEN DIET AND EXERCISE DON’T WORK THERE ARE EFFECTIVE MEDICATIONS THAT CAN BE USED FOR THIS. FOR SURE. MAGIC NUMBER 130 OVER 80 OR LOWER.

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