High blood pressure quickly became a primary topic of discussion after the American Heart Association, along with 10 other health professional organizations, set new guidelines for blood pressure.
Prior to this release high blood pressure was to be treated at 140/90, but now a person with one of 130/80 will be treated with a diagnosis of Stage 1 hypertension. Wheeling Hospital's Chief Medical Officer tells us the new guidelines aren't a surprise for medical personnel, but it certainly will change things.
"When we have to walk in and tell a patient that they now have high blood pressure, and they say 'doc, it's been the same 130/80 for the last ten years,'" said Chief Medical Officer Angelo Georges. "We have to get aggressive and we say 'no, that's no longer acceptable,' and you have to go on medication if you cannot bring that down with diet and exercise."
Along with diet and exercise he explained by living a healthy lifestyle, such as: no smoking, getting down to your normal weight, watching your salt and sodium intake, you can prevent high blood pressure.
If you're worried you may have it, he suggest getting checked.