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15th November, 2017
AHA re-defines high BP in its new guidelines: “130 is the new high”
New guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure have redefined high blood pressure for first time in 14 years. The guidelines were presented November 13, 2017 at AHA’s 2017 Scientific Sessions conference in Anaheim
 
In a change from the older definition of 140/90 and higher, high BP is now defined as systolic BP 130 mm Hg and higher, or diastolic BP 80 and higher. By lowering the definition of high BP, the guidelines recommend earlier intervention to prevent further increases in blood pressure and the complications of hypertension. The importance of using proper technique to measure BP has been emphasized. Blood pressure levels should be based on an average of two to three readings on at least two different occasions.
 
The new guidelines have eliminated the category of prehypertension, which was used for blood pressures with a top number (systolic) between 120-139 mm Hg or a bottom number (diastolic) between 80-89 mm Hg. People with those readings now will be categorized as having either Elevated (120-129 and less than 80) or Stage I hypertension (130-139 or 80-89).
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