New blood pressure guidelines causing concern for cardiologists

New blood pressure guidelines causing concern for cardiologists

New blood pressure guidelines causing concern for cardiologists

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Some cardiologists are expressing concern about new blood pressure guidelines for people 60-years-old and over.

A government appointed panel suggested treatment should only be needed when a person’s systolic, or top number, hits 150 over 90. The current guideline limits the number to 140 over 90.

The American Heart Association said now is not the time to relax about this silent killer as the guideline change affects millions of people.

This is the first guideline change in more than 30 years. 

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