So you’re saying that you don’t have high blood pressure? Think again. New guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have changed the values for what high blood pressure is.Your blood pressure reading could now mean that you’re in the red.

Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

The guidelines for high blood pressure have just changed. This is according to the AHA and ACC.

Former Blood Pressure Guidelines 

The last time blood pressure guidelines were changed was in 2003. Since then high blood pressure was considered any two consecutive readings of 140/90 mmHG. Prehypertension was considered anything between 130-139/80-90 mmHG. A normal blood pressure reading was considered anything less than that.

New High Blood Pressure Guidelines

So, what’s changed? The AHA and ACC have pretty much done away with all the past high blood pressure guidelines. New high blood pressure guidelines is anything considered anything over 130/80 mmHg. People whose blood pressure ranges between 120-129/80-89 mmHg are considered living with elevated blood pressure. The term prehypertension has been axed if you hadn’t noticed. A normal blood pressure is considered 120/80 mmHG.

What The New High Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean

First of all, under the new guidelines, it’s estimated that almost half (46%) of the United States population now has what’s considered high blood pressure. The AHA and ACC state that the new revised high blood pressure guidelines will lead to better screening and lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes which are associated with high blood pressure.

The new guidelines also will mean big money for pharmaceutical manufacturers of blood pressure medications. The hardening of blood vessels is something that naturally occurs with age and once a person is started on blood pressure medications, the odds that a person can be weaned off of them are rather unlikely. This is of course a person has a drastic drop in weight loss, starts exercising, and adopts a lifestyle of clean eating.

Under the new guidelines, anyone with blood pressure readings of 140/90 mmHG should be treated with at least two blood pressure medications. 

It’s theorized that by labeling more people hypertensive and prescribing more blood pressure medications, will in the long term lower the high health care costs associated with severe complications of high blood pressure.

What are your thoughts?