American Heart Association Lowers Threshold for High Blood Pressure

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Nearly half of American adults are at risk for major health problem because of high blood pressure.

The American Heart Association has now lowered the high blood pressure threshold from 140/90 to 130/80.

This means that 46% of U.S. adults are now identified as having high blood pressure compared to the 32% before the change.

A blood pressure of 120/80 is still considered normal.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/KnowYourNumbers/Understanding-Blood-Pressure-Readings_UCM_301764_Article.jsp#.WoYEcX9G2M8