New guidelines raise upper hypertension limit for 'otherwise healthy' over-60s

New guidelines raise upper hypertension limit for 'otherwise healthy' over-60sWritten by Catharine Paddock PhDPublished: Tuesday 17 January 2017New guidelines recommend that doctors use a less aggressive threshold for treating high blood pressure, or hypertension, in otherwise healthy adults aged 60 and above.New guidelines recommend using a less aggressive threshold for treating high blood pressure.High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common disease in which blood flows through the arteries at higher than normal pressures. It affects around 29 percent of adults in the United States.Traditionally, the threshold for systolic blood pressure (the upper reading) above which doctors consider prescribing treatment has been 140 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).The Ame..

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