New Guidelines on Blood Pressure induces more fear into adults

With the new guidelines pressed into action by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology regarding the Blood Pressure, the number of people suffering from the Heart Ailment is set to triple in the coming times. With a prevalent norm, the accuracy and precision often mistook the changing time and lifestyles. These are changing times with change in work hours, food habits and lifestyles and which will have a perilous impact on sophistication of Heart. Under the revised norms, it may take into inclusion tens of millions of Americans aged above 45 years who will not meet the set criteria. Given a thought, men under age 45 with a diagnosis of high blood pressure will triple whereas it is expected to get doubled in the case of women aged 45.

As per Dr. Robert M. Carey, professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia and co-chair of the committee that wrote the new guidelines ‘These numbers are scary given the fact that they are on or under 45 years age’. The new blood pressure has been defined as 130/80 millimetres of mercury or greater for anyone with a significant risk of heart attack or stroke as against the previous standard of 140/80.

Currently the prevalent number of High Blood Pressure cases in the Adults stay at 72 million which is set to rise up to 103 million as per the new standards. For others, they need to take regular check-ups and keep the Blood Pressure contained, which means more drugs or increased dosages. Now, the question remains, how do we lower blood pressure now?

Who need Treatment now?

As a result of the revision, tens of millions of Americans or people across the globe need to re-evaluate their health and take preventive guidelines for any explode in Heart Ailment. Anyone with a 10 percent or greater risk of heart trouble – a stroke or heart attack – in the next decade qualifies for the treatment as per the new guidelines. This now qualifies 80% of Americans aged above 65 years. But how do I know my personal risk? – Well, the new guidelines released by the Institute suggest that you use an online calculator.

New Blood Pressure guidelines for Children

The American Academy of Paediatrics published a 74 page report updating its guidelines for screening and managing high blood pressure in youngsters. The report focuses on helping the practicing physicians determine the normal parameters for a child’s blood pressure. As per the Academy, the children’s blood pressure measures should not be same as that of an adult and hence a new guideline has been published for the Children separately. For Children, the definition of normal blood pressure is based on a simple reading of systolic over diastolic pressure. As normal blood pressure varies with a child’s age, gender and height, doctors have been advised to assist themselves with a chart while measuring the blood pressure for Children.

The new guidelines provide a short, easy-to-use table based only on child’s gender and age from 03 years to 18 years.

Women more likely to address High Blood Pressure

Hypertension often is the cause of increased Blood Pressure or in clinical terms, High Blood Pressure. Men and Women often have similar rates of hypertension over the ages of 18 years but this becomes insignificant after the age of 60 years. The same rate grows up to 66.8 percent in women as compared to 58.5 percent in men. While these rates were lower when assessed among the age group of 18 to 39 years. The women had bar better rates hypertension than men by a good margin. Then why this increase takes place after the age of 60?

Explaining this, Dr. Peter Muening, a professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University say that men often take more risks in all sorts of profession at younger age groups as compared to women who in turn have play safe attitude. After the age of 60 years, these rates no longer comply as under gender and hence the increase. Similarly, rate of hypertension were higher among black men and women than other races and ethnicities. While non-Hispanic blacks had a prevalence of 40.3 percent, whites have a 27.8 percent rate. These rates go even more down in the case of Asian population.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line for all is that care of Heart is the most important part of one’s daily activity and for that one must rise to slumber now that even the BP levels have been revised.


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