Important Medical Information

contributed by Peter Fielding, Chair of the Health Services Committee

As reported by the Washington Post, a group of 11 national medical associations, including the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, have issued a statement that now considers high blood pressure as a reading of 130 over 80, down from 140 over 80.

The Post notes that this change means that almost half (46%) of US adults, many under 45 years old, will now be considered hypertensive.    Bloomberg News adds the information that the new levels are the result of a three year review of over a thousand studies.

Although the increase in risk for people above the new limit is small (how small is not specified in the article), this is a topic worth discussing with your doctor.

One response to “Important Medical Information

  1. Also note NY TIMES today/Nov 16 , Op Ed page A23. Comments on this. SUGGESTS THAT THESE NEW GUIDELINES MAY LEAD TO OVER MEDICATION? On the other hand; I have a yr 2014 Washington Post article indicating that somewhat higher blood pressure in the elderly may protect against cognitive impairment; especially those between 80 & 90 . Above 90 even better protection……..Art Krueger m: Collington Residents Association [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:54 AM To: art139hgrm@gmail.com Subject: [New post] Important Medical Information

    jbfreeman40 posted: “contributed by Peter Fielding, Chair of the Health Services Committee As reported by the Washington Post, a group of 11 national medical associations, including the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, have issued a statem”

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