Nearly half of Americans now have high blood pressure, based on new guidelines

13 NOV 17 18:47 ET By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Tens of millions more Americans now have high blood pressure. Almost half of all Americans — 46% — are now considered to be in the high blood pressure category based on new guidelines released Monday. High blood pressure should be treated at 130/80 rather than 140/90, according to the new parameters set forth by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other health professional organizations. Practicing physicians and the public are “going to be a little bit shocked or taken aback by a diagnosis of Stage 1 hypertension...

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