American Heart/Stroke Association announces new blood pressure guidelines

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FLINT (WJRT) - (11/13/17) - The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association has announced new guidelines regarding high blood pressure.

The new guidelines have dropped from 140/80 being considered hypertensive to 130/80 after several years of research and hundreds of studies on patients.

"By the time someone's blood pressure is at 130/80, they've already doubled their risk for stroke, heart attack and other cardiac events," said Sports Medicine Dr. Hussein Saghir.

And because of that, both the American Heart and Stroke Association have scrapped the classification of pre-hypertension.

"It's not a reason to cause panic; you're no different than you were yesterday, it's just acknowledging you should seek lifestyle modifications," he said.

That means things like shedding the pounds, giving up fast food, hitting the treadmill and watching your salt intake, to name a few.

"Genetics, lifestyle, a lot of us lead sedentary lifestyles, and that's a big offender, but day to day stress can also contribute to it," he said.

And that's stress that you can't afford to have.

"It leads to Renal Disease, and if you compound that with diabetes and co-morbidities that patients may have, we find that it can be very dangerous," he said.

Dr. Saghir encourages people to talk with their doctors about their health concerns and to frequently check your blood pressure reading.

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