Congratulations, You No Longer Have High Blood Pressure, Maybe
First the good news, if you’re over 60 and your blood pressure is less than 150/90, you no longer have high blood pressure. The three-decade-long conviction that anything higher than 140/90 should be treated with drugs just went the way of the Studebaker. HealthDay reports on the change in guidelines, determined by an expert panel and published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Why did they do it? Dr. Paul James, head of the department of family medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and a lead author of the new rules, said they are based on clinical evidence showing that stricter guidelines provided no additional benefit to patients. And the bad news? If you’re younger than 60, the old guidelines still apply, and if your blood pressure is higher than 150/90, you should stick with the meds.