HY­PER­TEN­SION RE­DE­FINED

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

LOS AN­GE­LES: High blood pres­sure was re­de­fined on Mon­day by the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, which said the dis­ease should be treated sooner when it reaches 130/80 mm Hg, not the pre­vi­ous 140/90. Doc­tors now recog­nise com­pli­ca­tions “can oc­cur at those lower num­bers”, said the up­dated guide­lines on blood pres­sure de­tec­tion. It does not mean one needs med­i­ca­tion, but “a yel­low light you need to be low­er­ing your blood pres­sure, mainly with non-drug ap­proaches,” its lead au­thor, Paul Whel­ton, said. – AFP

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