High normal blood pressure is a term of the past. Readings previously deemed high normal are now regarded as just plain high, or “Stage 1 Hypertension”. Blood pressure readings, for the uninitiated are defined as systolic over diastolic, or, pumping pressure over resting pressure.
Previously, if a reading was 139 over 89, the patient would be considered high normal. Consequently, people were told not to worry. High normal is really just a hair past normal, right? Pre-hypertension is still pre, right? No worries? No more. Pre-hypertension has lost its prefix. A new standard has been mandated as of November 2017. Blood pressure readings above 130/80 are deemed clinically significant. In conclusion, regardless of systolic readings, if a diastolic number is above 80 the individual is considered Stage 1 Hypertension.
The American College of Cardiology has set the new guidelines as follows:
The new mandate will sharply increase the number of US adults considered hypertensive. In setting a new standard the hope is that the deadly condition will be addressed and treated sooner.
So, if we weren’t considering you Hypertensive before, we might be now. If you were “high Normal;” before, you may be “Stage 1 Hypertension” now. Having said that, should you now rush out and jump on a “Statin”? Don’t know yet – that’s what we are going to talk about. Chiropractic Treatment Plans at Blue Heron include blood pressure monitoring. Let’s talk about what can be done – in the clinic. Make an appointment today!