The American College of Cardiology and Heart Association has recently released some new blood pressure guidelines. According to these new rules, half of the Americans now suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure. Up until now, only one-third of them suffered from it, according to the old standards.
New Guidelines Set into Place
The new regulations are the latest ones issued since 2003. They rely on the numbers doctors have been encountering for years now. A family practice medical doctor, Dr. David Kleedeclared that the guidelines rely exclusively on evidence. The scientists who worked and then released them reported having reviewed more than 900 published articles. They then came up with the best information they have.
In recent years, a doctor would tell a patient that they had hypertension if their blood pressure was 140 over 90. Currently, you suffer from hypertension if you have more than 130 over 80. This means that more people fall into the hypertension category based on the new blood pressure guidelines.
An Increasingly Worrying Issue
Hypertension is a serious illness that can trigger a domino effect. It might cause other health issues such as diabetes, brain aneurysms, strokes, heart attacks, and, finally, even death. According to Dr. Klee, even by the old guidelines, more and more Americans have been diagnosed with hypertension in the last decade.
He thinks that a major cause for this is the obesity epidemic. Many dietitians say that healthy diets and exercising are a big minus in many people’s lives nowadays. Experts say that adopting healthier practices and changing your lifestyle could improve the blood pressure by around 10 points. This is an amazing number, and it’s even more impressive if you consider the fact that it can all happen without any medicine.
It rather remains to be seen what large-scale effects these new guidelines will or might trigger. At best, it may make people more aware of their health. It might also convince the government to offer them more support.
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