There are New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure


The new guidelines come from The American College of Cardiology and The American Heart Association. The update happened back in November 2017. I am going to break down the new vs the old. I hope I can inform you on how to lower your blood pressure, as well as knowing your risk.


Old Guidelines

Blood Pressure Category Systolic

Mm Hg(upper #


Mm Hg (lower #

Low Blood Pressure


Less than 80 or Less than 60
Normal 80-120 and 60-80
Prehypertension 120-139 or 80-89
High Blood Pressure

Hypertension stage 1

140-159 or 90-99
High Blood Pressure

Hypertension stage 2

160 or higher or Loo or higher
High Blood Pressure


Higher than 180 or Higher than 110

New Guidelines


Blood Pressure Category Systolic

Mm Hg(upper #


Mm Hg (lower #

Normal Less than 120 and Less than 80
Elevated 120-129 and Less than 80
Stage 1 130-139 or 80-89
Stage 2 Greater than 140 or Greater than 90


With the new guideline, it will put more people in danger of having hypertension. If you haven’t been to the doctor lately you may want to get it checked out. The reason for the change is because more authoritative studies are showing a correlation between high blood pressure and an increased health risk for high cholesterol, kidney disease, stroke and heart disease. Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death. There are some ways to lower your risk,, but unfortunately, as we age the harder it becomes to control it. Other factors include being obese as well as ethnicity, African Americans and Hispanic are more at risk.


Lowering your risk comes down to lifestyle change. Getting plenty of exercises mostly cardio based. Having a health coach guide you in changing your lifestyle will help improve your quality of life. The thing you can do on your own is to decrease your stress, eat a high fiber diet and follow the dash diet to help lower your risk. Unfortunately, you may need to try different styles of exercises and diet to find one that works for you.  The better you keep up with your health the lower the chances of you developing high blood pressure and the diseases associated with them.


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Lelbach, A., & Koller, A. 2017. Mechanism underlying exercise-induced modulation of hypertension. Journal of Hypertension Research. PCNA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults Hypertension

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