Millions more Americans now considered to have high blood pressure
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —
The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology now considers 130/80 as high blood pressure.
The previous guideline was 140/90.
Doctor Justin Puckett with Complete Family Medicine said the new figures increase the number of patients with high blood pressure about 15 to 20 percent at the medical group.
"With these new guidelines, it's going to bring a large number of people into the realm of being truly hypertensive. The guidelines have dropped the number down in such a way that people before who we may have been more watchful ... We know now maybe we need to be a little more aggressive," Puckett said.
Of the about 15,000 patients the medical group serves, Puckett estimates as much as 50 percent are now considered to have high blood pressure.
The report said high blood pressure will double for women under 45 and triple for men under 45 under these figures.
A new report says the number of adults with high blood pressure will rise to over 100 million.
This is an increase from the previous number which was just over 70 million.