American Heart Association Lowers Hypertension Threshold; Increase in Diagnoses Likely

December 1, 2017 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Together, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and others have released updated guidelinesfor preventing, detecting, evaluating, and managing high blood pressure in adults, including redefining thresholds for hypertension. The guidelines now define high blood pressure as a reading of 130 over 80, a decrease from 140 over 90. According to the guidelines, 64% of U.S. male adults age 65 to 74 were considered hypertensive under the previous guidelines, a figure that is expected to increase to 77% under the new guidelines. Hypertension is expected to increase from 63% to 75% for women in the same age group.

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