OAKLAND, CA - JULY 9: Nurse Melba Benedict (L) checks Negash Berhe's blood pressure July 9, 2003 at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. In a report released July 9, researchers have found that high blood pressure is on the rise again in the United States, reversing a decade-long downward trend for the major cause of heart attacks and strokes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The American Heart Association just lowered the bar for ‘high blood pressure’ to 130/80.
This means nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure.
There are a few simple things everyone can do to reduce their risk.

High blood pressure is a deadly problem in America.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1,000 US deaths every day include high blood pressure as a “primary or contributing cause.” It’s a problem for heart attack victims, stroke patients, kidney disease suffers and people with heart failure.

On Monday, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology lowered the bar for what they consider “high blood pressure.” Anyone with a reading of 130/80 or higher is now officially in the danger zone. High blood pressure can be tough to diagnose, because there aren’t clear warning signs that you’ve exceeded the normal range (higher than 120/80), other than a cuff reading.

The AHA isn’t suggesting that people newly-diagnosed with high blood pressure start popping more prescription pills. Instead, they’re hoping the lower threshold will help warn more people that they’re at risk for developing dangerous heart conditions before it’s too late.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Strategy

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