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AHA Updates Blood Pressure Guidelines


The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA), along with nine other organizations, recently released updated blood pressure guidelines. The main regulations were adopted on the American Heart Association (AHA) 2017 Scientific Sessions in November, 2017.

The 2017 update includes the following key changes:
  • emphasizes the importance of structured exercise in the prevention and treatment of hypertension;
  • adjusts the category names and thresholds;
  • lowers the definition of high blood pressure from 140/90 mmHg to 130/80 mmHg

According to the updated recommendations, the level of "normal" systolic blood pressure should not exceed 120 mmHg. In this case, blood pressure (BP) from 130/80 to 139/89 mmHg. is classified as an arterial hypertension (AH) of stage 1, and the value of blood pressure (BP) greater than or equal to 140/90 mmHg. is arterial hypertension (AH) of the 2nd stage (see the table).

Clinical recommendations are published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and in the AHA Hypertension journal.

Hypertension, as a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and premature mortality, appears to be the result of lifestyle factors such as diets high in salt and fat intake, excess body weight, and physical inactivity.