30 Million more Americans Have High Blood Pressure

According to the latest guidelines issued by the medical societies of the United States they have expanded the definition of hypertension for the first time in a period of fourteen years. As per the classification more than about 30 million Americans have high blood pressure. This particular change means that almost half of the adults of the nations or about 103 million people are technically classified as the group of people having hypertension which is up one-third. But you need not worry too much if you are one of the newly formed groups because of the fact that the experts are not suggesting anything radical. You just need to take some common steps for the avoidance of any kind of cardiovascular complications in the future.

This recent update given by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association is based on a three year review of about 1,000 case studies. The primary recommendations for the ones who fall into the new category of stage 1 hypertension which was previously called 'high-normal blood pressure' or 'pre-hypertension' are a healthy diet and regular exercise. This was per the statement of Paul Whelton who is the chairperson of global public health at the Tulane University School of Public Health and lead author of the guidelines.

Whelton also briefed on Monday at the AHA's annual meeting in Anaheim, CA that neither of those two terms are liked because it is felt that at that stage anybody would be already at a substantial increased risk. Also, for the ones who have normal blood pressure before the latest guidelines, Whelton said that it is good news for them since the normal has not changed.

The Americans who are under the age of 45, this particular change will triple the number of men and double the number of women diagnosed with hypertension. The people who belong to the newly categorized group of having high blood pressure, some 4.2 million others also have other risk factors for heart disease. The researchers said that these individuals should start taking medicine to lower their numbers. While many patients need a number of drugs to get their blood pressure into a healthy range, most of the treatments are available in the form of less - expensive generic pills. Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death in the United States killing about 800,000 Americans and accounting for 670,000 heart attacks every year.

November 23, 2017 - 09:32
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