Nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pres­sure un­der new guide­lines

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Front page - By Lenny Bern­stein and Ari­ana Eun­jung Cha

The na­tion’s heart ex­perts tight­ened the guide­lines for high blood pres­sure Mon­day, a change that will sharply in­crease the num­ber of U.S. adults con­sid­ered hy­per­ten­sive in the hope that they, and their doc­tors, will ad­dress the deadly con­di­tion sooner.

Act­ing for the first time in 14 years, the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion and the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­ogy re­de­fined high blood pres­sure as a read­ing of 130 over 80, down from 140 over 90. The change means that 46 per­cent of U.S. adults, many of them un­der the age of 45, now will be con­sid­ered hy­per­ten­sive. Un­der the pre­vi­ous guide­line, 32 per­cent of U.S. adults had high blood pres­sure.

“We’re rec­og­niz­ing that blood pres­sures that we in the past thought were nor­mal or so­called ‘pre-hy­per­ten­sive’

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