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.