New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Friday, May 02, 2014

The American Medical Association has issued new guidelines for blood pressure treatment based on the latest round of research. Dr. Edward Hill discusses these new recommendations in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. New guidelines have been introduced for treatment of high blood pressure based on the latest research. The recommendations include:

For adults aged 60 years or older, medication should be started when systolic blood pressure is 150 millimeter of Mercury or higher or diastolic blood pressure is 90 or higher.

For adults younger than 60 years, medication should be started when systolic blood pressure is 140 or higher or diastolic blood pressure is 90 or higher.

For adults with chronic kidney disease or diabetes, blood pressure medication should be started when systolic blood pressure is 140 or higher or diastolic blood pressure is 90 or higher.

If the blood pressure goal is not reached within one month of starting medication, the dose of the medication should be increased or additional medication should be added.

Contact your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about your blood pressure.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.