High blood pressure levels have now been redefined lower by medical experts. Having high blood pressure increases your chances of heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, and other serious health problems.
After studying the results from hundreds of studies, experts recently lowered their numbers definition.
Blood pressure is measured in two numbers, like 120/80 mm Hg. The first number is the pressure that the heart uses to push blood through your arteries. The second number is the pressure when the heart is at rest between beats. Normal blood pressure for an adult is below 120/80.
High Blood Pressure: Why Change The Numbers Definition?
The National Institutes Of Health (NIH) sponsored research that found evidence suggesting that high blood pressure levels should be lowered. Before the guideline changed in November, the definition of high blood pressure was 140/90. Now, it is defined as 130 or higher for the first number, or 80 or higher for the second number.
The motivation to change the numbers downward is to lower the number of heart attacks and strokes. The stricter definition is also being combined with advice to increase your exercise and improve your daily nutrition.
Currently, only about half the people in the country who have high blood pressure are controlled to recommended levels, according to NIH heart disease expert Dr. David C. Goff, Jr.