WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recently published the 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults.
- Under the 2003 guidelines, a blood pressure reading less than 130/80 was considered normal.
- Under the new guidelines, however, a 130/80 reading is now considered Stage 1 Hypertension Disease.
Hypertension, most commonly known as high blood pressure, is a medical condition in which one’s blood pressure is persistently high for a long period of time.
When the 2017 Guidelines for High Blood Pressure in Adults came out in November, many people became really anxious.
The San Angelo Community Medical Center hosted a press conference Thursday to enlighten the public about the new guidelines and explain more about it.
According to Dr. Michael Blanc, medical director of San Angelo Community Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center, “The new approach should be seen as a path toward better cardiac health rather than a cause for fear.”
“The goal is to get the attention of the 130/80 group and have them focus more on lifestyle changes, diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques,” he explained.
“In the past people in 130/80 group believed they have no hypertension problem. Research now shows that it is time to begin addressing hypertension. We want them to avoid having to address the problem with medications,” Dr. Blanc continued.
“For those already on blood pressure medicine, we may be more aggressive, but we also will stress the lifestyle changes and monitoring you cardiac health even more.”
Hypertension is dubbed the “silent killer” since there are no evident symptoms other than high blood pressure readings. Next to smoking, high blood pressure is considered the second-largest cause of preventable heart disease and stroke-related death.
“Heart attack and stroke are the biggest problems caused by hypertension,” Dr. Blanc said. “But congenital heart failure and kidney disease are other issues. High blood pressure alone is the cause of one-third of kidney failures. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans and the guidelines are aimed at reducing that number.”
“Prevention is key. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” said Buddy Daniels, CEO of SACMC.
Source: San Angelo Live