Blood Pressure And Your Health

Blood pressure guidelines

The increase in number of deaths because of people suffering from blood pressure ailments has become a cause of concern.
The increase in number of deaths because of people suffering from blood pressure ailments has become a cause of concern.

The American Heart Association and other such organizations have initiated a set of guidelines on blood pressure. These have been specifically formulated to help people fight blood pressure. The present motto of the American Heart Association is to start early and treat aggressively.

The last report of  the Joint National Committee for treatment contains guidelines for prevention, detection and evaluation of high blood pressure   that will really help in combating  blood pressure   more effectively. The report states that approximately 50 million of the Americans are at a  high risk of heart attack, strokes and kidney problems because  of high blood pressure. The present guidelines state  four basic strategies to fight BP. Let us  evaluate each one of them.
 
The first Guideline says, pay adequate attention to your blood pressure. Initial increase in blood pressure is characterized as pre-hypertension. Normally if your blood pressure is between  130 mm Hg-139mm Hg, try to control it through regulated lifestyle and prescribed medication. 

The second guideline states that if  you are above 50 then you should pay more attention to the systolic blood pressure reading than the diastolic reading. Due to age the blood pressure usually tends to increase. If it is in the range of 140 mmHg to 149 mm g it must be treated and efforts should be made to bring it down.

The third guideline talks about medication.

And the  fourth guideline talks about building a relationship of trust  between the patient and the doctor for treating blood pressure effectively.