Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas
| Pune |
Published:November 16, 2017 1:48 pm

Definition of high blood pressure revised to 130/80

The American Heart Association’s recent decision — to lower the baseline blood pressure parameters and redefine high blood pressure as a reading of 130/80, down from 140/90 — has been welcomed by various city-based cardiologists and surgeons.

There was a need to tighten the definition of high blood pressure, said Dr A B Chandorkar, interventional cardiologist who has been actively involved in setting up norms and methods of primary prevention.

The new guidelines create categories including ‘elevated’, ‘Stage 1 and 2 hypertension’ and ‘hypertensive crisis’, for blood pressure readings. Normal blood pressure still will be considered 120 over 80.

“Hypertension is the most prevalent public health issue that contributes to the maximum number of deaths and…

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