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Update to higi station blood pressure classifications

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Update to higi station blood pressure classifications

Did you know the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology updated their blood pressure guidelines?

higi has always used the AHA guidelines to classify your results received on the higi Station (for example, grouping your blood pressure as “Normal,” “Elevated” or “High”). We’ve now updated our classifications to align with the AHA’s newest guidelines.

How do these changes impact my blood pressure results?

Overall, the most impactful change to the new blood pressure guidelines include a lower definition of hypertension. The AHA guidelines now suggest that high blood pressure should be treated at 130/80 mmHg instead of the previous guideline of 140/90. Based on this change, you may notice that your classification shows “Elevated” or “High” when they may have been considered “Normal” before the update.

To manage high blood pressure, the AHA recommends:

  • Eating a low-salt diet
  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Enjoying regular physical activity
  • Managing stress
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Working with your doctor

The AHA also recommends that if your blood pressure is high, monitoring over time can be an important part of your routine. It can help you detect changes and gauge if the changes you’ve made are having a positive impact on your blood pressure. Check back on the higi Station often to track your progress. Create a free account or log in to track your higi Station results over time at higi.com or on our higi mobile app.

To learn more about your blood pressure, visit heart.org or speak with your doctor.

Source: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/MakeChangesThatMatter/Changes-You-Can-Make-to-Manage-High-Blood-Pressure_UCM_002054_Article.jsp#.Wo3HNZM-f-Y Accessed February 21, 2018

Why did AHA make the change? 

Research shows that adults with blood pressure readings considered pre-hypertensive under the old guidelines are already at up to double the risk of having a major cardiac event—a heart attack or stroke—compared to those with a normal blood pressure. In addition, recent clinical trials find that lowering systolic blood pressure to 120 mmHg results in significant cardiovascular benefit in high-risk patients compared with blood pressure control to <140 mmHg.

Source: https://www.cardiosmart.org/For-Clinicians/Content/High-Blood-Pressure  Accessed February 21, 2018