NEW U.S. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE GUIDELINES ANNOUNCED

Apr 01, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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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.”

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