What Do New Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean For You?

What Do New Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean For You?

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Your blood pressure may need to be lower than you thought.

New guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology say high blood pressure starts at above 130 over 80, rather than the old standard of 140 over 90.

At Lewis County General Hospital, cardiologist Dr. Ashok Patel customizes his diagnoses to the individual patient, but says the new guidelines and the study on which they are based will help.

"This study does give you more hands to tell the patient that it is very important to take care of your blood pressure so you can avoid strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure," said Dr. Patel.

Dr. Patel says to look to your health care provider to find out what blood pressure treatment may be right for you.

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