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Dr. Kasey Harbine has information about recently released new high blood pressure guidelines during the Jan. 31 edition of Morning Rounds.
The American College of Cardiology has more information about the new high blood pressure guidelines on their website including the following:
The new guidelines – the first comprehensive set since 2003 – lower the definition of high blood pressure to account for complications that can occur at lower numbers and to allow for earlier intervention. The new definition will result in nearly half of the U.S. adult population (46 percent) having high blood pressure, with the greatest impact expected among younger people. Additionally, the prevalence of high blood pressure is expected to triple among men under age 45, and double among women under 45, the guideline authors note. However, only a small increase is expected in the number of adults requiring antihypertensive medication.