News from American Heart Association Scientific Sessions (AHA) 2017/Hypertension

New ACC/AHA Hypertension Guidelines Make 130 the New 140

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have released a new guideline on hypertension with a new definition that will call 130 to 139 mm Hg systolic and or 80 to 89 mm Hg stage 1 hypertension.

"Lifestyle modification is the cornerstone of the treatment of hypertension. Specific recommendations include advice to lose weight, follow a DASH-pattern diet, reduce sodium to less than 1500 mg/day and increase potassium intake to 3500 mg/day through dietary intake, increase physical activity to a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise three times per week, and limit alcohol intake to two drinks or less per day for men and one or less for women.


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