Hypertension post (Sep 28, 2018)

Hello everybody. I hope all of you are doing well. It is time for the next post. Today, rather than sharing an article, I am sharing a document and while it may look very simple to many, I cannot tell you how many patients I see who do not even know what numbers on the monitor mean that they have high blood pressure.

The document is self-explanatory and constitutes the latest guidelines from American Heart Association (AHA). As you can see from the chart, a person needs to have the systolic blood pressure (the upper number) > 130 and the diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) > 80 to be considered to have high blood pressure. In case someone’s systolic blood pressure is > 180 and/or diastolic blood pressure is > 120, he/she is considered to have hypertensive crisis, and must contact his/her doctor immediately. Such a high blood pressure puts people at risk for sudden heart attack, stroke or bleeding inside the brain.

The readers of my blog come from all parts of the world and the guidelines constituting high blood pressure may be different in different parts of the world, but I think the AHA guidelines are very pertinent and useful for a different variety of situations.

Happy reading and please do not forget to post your comments.

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