Apr 01, 2015
By Michael Kramer
Three American heart societies have updated their recommendations on target numbers for high blood pressure.
And they have dialed down the number from “Less than 140-over-90” to “Less than 130-over-80.”
The fresh numbers mean more people will be absorbed into the “high blood pressure” category – so the change could put many more people in the U.S. on blood pressure drugs – if doctors embrace the new guidelines.
Here in Canada the Heart and Stroke Foundation guidelines still categorize high blood pressure readings as “140-over-90.”