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New blood pressure guidelines released


Experts have come out with new blood pressure guidelines. These recommendations could significantly change the way doctors think about hypertension and determine whether or not to prescribe medications.

One in three adults has high blood pressure. It' known as the silent killer, because at first it's hard to determine if there's a problem.

"You don't feel better when your blood pressure is at goal and you don't feel bad when it's too high," said Eric Noyes, nurse practitioner.

Now for people 60 and older, 150/90 is the new threshold for recommended treatment. Before it was 140/90. While some don't agree with the new recommendations, Noyes hopes it will bring more communication.

"It's good to have the treatment guidelines available to community so each patient can make a decision with their specialist on what their individual goals is," he said.

Noyes says it's important to remember it's just a broad-based number, and doctors should determine treatment based on a patient's risk factors and history.

"Don't worry it's a bad thing. Get your blood pressure checked. Then take in those numbers to your health care provider to discuss," he recommended.

Noyes estimates one third to half of patients on blood pressure medications quit them at some point because of the side effects. He hopes patients don't stop using medications because of these new recommendations.

"There are over 100 medications available to treat high blood pressure. You should be able to find one you find to tolerate well," he said.

Regardless of what the numbers say, he encourages everyone to be proactive with their health.

"If your blood pressure is elevated, you need to be on treatment. It means you need to be seen and checked out," said Noyes.

Experts want to stress not everyone needs medication. Instead, a more active lifestyle, a healthy change to your diet and weight loss could improve blood pressure.

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