Until recently it a normal blood pressure was considered to be 120/80 on the reading device. However, just recently was discovered that this number is wrong and new guidelines ware implemented by the ESC Association. In other words, the normal blood pressure value has changed.
The findings, from researchers at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, suggest that as many as 100 million Americans who have been told they have a condition called prehypertension may face no added mortality risk and therefore could reasonably be considered to have normal blood pressure.
According to the new guidelines by the ESC Association, the new normal blood pressure is 140/90. For the elderly and those who suffer from diabetes, the limit is still set lower.
When the authors reviewed the blood pressure data for the last 20 years they tracked 13,792 people from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which enrolled participants from 1971 to 1976. The researchers also reviewed similar data for 6,682 adults from a similar survey carried out between 1959 and 1962.
The data review found that people in that category are not any more likely to die prematurely than those with lower blood pressures, according to the study, published in The Journal of General Internal Medicine.
“If we can’t identify an increased risk, is that where abnormal should be set?’’ said Brent Taylor, core investigator for the V.A. in Minneapolis and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. “It should at least start a conversation about why normal is set where it is. If we make small changes to where we set normal blood pressure, it has huge implications in the numbers of people we identify as being at risk.’
As time passes many things are changing in the modern medicine as scientists continue to discover new information. This information is something that will totally change things for everyone. Till now it was common for people to visit the doctor when their blood pressure increases to 139/89. But, now is a different story and there is no need for extra medicine.