Time to Get Movin’! The AHA Sets New Blood Pressure Guidelines

November 14th, 2017

You might already be feeling the pressure from the new health guidelines that were set on Monday.  The American Heart Association and the America College of Cardiology redefined high blood pressure, lowering the new standard by about 10 points to 130 over 80 (from 140 over 90). That means that 46 percent of U.S. adults are now classified as being hypertensive, meaning their blood pressure is too high. “We’re recognizing that blood pressures, that we in the past thought were normal or so-called pre-hypertensive, actually placed the patient at significant risk for heart disease and death and disability,” said Robert M. Carey, co-chairman of the group that produced the new report.

So how can you lower your blood pressure? Begin by setting your Healthy Monday routine. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, improving diet, getting more exercisequiting smoking and lowering stress are all great ways to start!