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Medical Groups Raise Blood Pressure Rx Threshold for Healthy Adults Over 60

February 1, 2017

hypertension blood pressure elevated dangerous LevelTwo leading medical organizations are recommending a less aggressive target for the treatment of high blood pressure in adults 60 and older who are otherwise healthy.

Traditionally, the threshold for high blood pressure has been set at 140 mmHg systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading).

But the new guideline says doctors should now begin treatment when adults 60 and older have persistent systolic blood pressure that’s at or above 150 mmHg, to reduce their risk of heart problems, stroke and death.

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