New guidelines released for high blood pressure, the 'silent killer'
Conway, S.C. (WPDE) —
For the first time in 14 years, new guidelines change what's considered to be high blood pressure-- and that means a lot more people are going to be impacted by the "silent killer."
New guidelines released by the American Heart Association define high blood pressure as a reading higher than 130 over 80. It used to be 140 over 90.
So now instead of one in three adult Americans being impacted, nearly half of all adults have high blood pressure.
"The goal is not to get more people on medication, but to get more people to modify their behavior," said Dr. Richard Benson with Medstar Washington Hospital Center.