The New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Find out what these changes may mean for your health.

The new blood pressure guidelines put almost half of all American adults in the "high blood pressure" category (tripling the number for men under 45 and doubling it for women of the same age group) and most of the people at risk are walking around without even knowing it.

Most people recognize how much high blood pressure contributes to stroke, but a big misconception is that you have to be in obviously poor health in order to have a high-risk blood pressure level or a resulting stroke. In reality, you can suffer a stroke for many reasons, such as blood vessels spasming or rupturing, affecting your brain's blood supply.

There is also something called an embolic stroke, which is when a blood clot in your brain is formed after a piece of your carotid artery (directly responsible for getting blood to your brain) breaks off. While it was once thought that this only impacts the elderly, there are more cases popping up in seemingly healthy young people. The culprit is high blood pressure, which makes it all the more important to keep track of your numbers.

To make it easy, you can use a device to track your blood pressure at home and transfer the data to an app on your phone. Then use these official blood pressure guidelines to find out where you stand. These devices are easy to use so you can access important health data and discuss it with your primary care physician. Check out the new guidelines below so you can stay aware of your health and reduce your risk.


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