American Heart Association Brings Attention to Adjusted High Blood Pressure Range
It was recently announced that high blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130/80 mm Hg and higher. This is a change from 140/90 mm Hg and higher, reflecting complications that can occur at lower numbers.
Why does blood pressure matter? High blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) puts your health and quality of life in danger. Left uncontrolled or undetected, high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease and more.
Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. The best way to know if you have high blood pressure it is to have your blood pressure checked. When doing so, accuracy is critical – crossing your legs or even talking can have a significant impact on your blood pressure reading according to the American Heart Association, which identifies seven common errors that can lead to inaccurate blood pressure readings. The other five are having a full bladder, slouching or unsupported back/feet, unsupported arm, wrapping the cuff over clothing, and using a cuff that is too small.
Your best protection is knowledge, management and prevention. Know your numbers and understand the symptoms and the risk! To learn more about blood pressure, visit heart.org.