Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas
| Pune |
Published:November 16, 2017 5:18 am


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. (Source: File Photo)

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…

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