For many years I have been telling listeners and patients that “one-third of you have high blood pressure and many of you don’t know it.” Turns out I need to update that to “nearly one-half of you have high blood pressure and many of you don’t know it.”
That is because the American College of Cardiology / American Heart Association guidelines for hypertension – high blood pressure – were recently updated. Like any good scientific process, the guidelines change as our knowledge of the science changes. That is exactly what occurred this past month.
I mentioned all this on the most recent Healthy Matters radio broadcast. I started the show off with this information, all of which you can listen to on the podcast by clicking Healthy Matters show #463, November 19,2017.
Your doctor may be . . . should be . . . talking about this with you at some future visit. In this post I’ll try to break the new guidelines down for you a bit. If you read on, you’ll find:
- New 2017 blood pressure guidelines
- Bad effects of high blood pressure
- A word about garden hoses and metal pipes. Huh?
- How to measure your own blood pressure.
- Treatments for high blood pressure.
- Tips about healthy living.
Let’s get to it.