High blood pressure? New guidelines out on how to treat High Blood pressure

Posted on: 9:23 pm, December 18, 2013, by and , updated on: 09:49pm, December 18, 2013

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There are new guidelines out Wednesday, the first in 30 years, and they could mean fewer Americans will be taking meds to get their numbers down.

It’s the most common chronic medical condition in the united states leading to heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. One in three Americans has high blood pressure. Right now, doctors prescribe medication if blood pressure exceeds 140 over 90But the new guidelines out today give people over age 60 a little leeway.

With no reason to treat until that number is 150 over 90.

For anyone with complicating factors like diabetes and kidney disease, the old threshold of 140 over 90 stands.

The study author, Dr. James, says the new guidelines may reduce the burden on older Americans who already take a lot of pills for a variety of ailments.

Blood pressure medicine also has side effects.
The most common:

dizziness

dry mouth

fainting

and falls

But leading cardiologists are raising concerns about about these new recommendations the American Heart Association has a simple message to patients, this is not the time to relax about this silent killer, get your blood pressure checked, get it treated, get it treated enough, the target that the american heart association recommends is less than 140 over 90.

If you are already on medication to treat your high blood pressure, stay on it if you do have blood pressure of 140 over 90 and you are taking blood pressure medications and is well tolerated.