Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I saw this news back in December and just came across this article about it.
In a nutshell, here is what the new guidelines recommend:
among adults age 60 and older with high blood pressure, aim for a target blood pressure under 150/90.
among adults age 30 to 59 with high blood pressure, aim for a target blood pressure under 140/90
among adults with diabetes or chronic kidney disease, aim for a target blood pressure under 140/90.
Read the entire article to get the full picture. I'm 65 but still aiming for blood pressure below 120/80. I do think these new guidelines will help because I won't stress out if I'm a little high!
Also, I've read in several books on blood pressure, as well as on WebMD and the Mayo Clinic site, and in the instructions for every blood pressure monitor I've ever seen, that to properly take your blood pressure you should -
Sit quietly for 5 minutes. No talking, no moving. Even 2 or 3 minutes makes a difference. Try it, using your own BP monitor at home.
I also read that only 4% of doctors' offices abide by those instructions. Maybe that's why so many of us have "white coat syndrome", meaning that our BP is high when taken in the doctor's office.
At my clinic, a nurse comes out and calls your name, then you follow her down about 100 yds. of hallways. Of course, she's 19, busy, and walking as fast as she can. As soon as you reach the examining room, she plops you down in a chair and takes your blood pressure!
I talked to my doctor about it and once we were through with our examination time, he took my BP again, himself. Even with talking to him all that time, my BP was 40 points lower than when the nurse took it.
Just something to keep in mind.
Worrying too much about your BP can give you high blood pressure! LOL.