ANAHEIM, Cal. - The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology redefined the high blood pressure measurement for the first time in 14 years.
The redefinition puts the new high fro systolic blood pressure at 130 mm Hg or higher, while for the diastolic measurement, the new high is 80 80 mm HG or higher. That is a change from the old definition of 140/90 or higher.
The change is a reflection of research showing complication that can occur at those lower numbers. This is the first update to the U.S. guidelines on blood pressure detection and treatment since 2003.
About 14 percent more people will be diagnosed with high blood pressure and counseled about lifestyle changes. There should only be a small increase in those who will be prescribed medication.
By lowering the definition of high blood pressure, officials with the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology hope the guidelines will recommend earlier intervention to prevent further increase in blood pressure and the complications of hypertension.