New guidelines mean nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure | News

Here’s some bad news right before the holiday season: 30 million more Americans have high blood pressure today than they did last week.

Heart doctors on Monday said that the old standard of 140 over 90 for blood pressure was too high, and that an acceptable reading now should be no more than 130 over 80. That change means that 46 percent of American adults, or about 103 million people, now could be diagnosed with hypertension.

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