January 4, 2018

Sebastian Internal Medicine Physician Talks About New Blood Pressure Guidelines - Vero News

Most Americans went to bed on a recent Sunday night in November thinking their blood pressure was normal.

By that Monday morning, however, tens of millions of them suddenly found themselves catapulted into the “high blood pressure” or hypertensive category.

In essence, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the National Joint Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure moved the goal posts overnight.

As that Monday morning dawned, almost half of all U.S. adults and a whopping 80 percent of those 65 and older found themselves classified as having high blood pressure.

Dr. Cassie Jones, a board certified internal medicine specialist with the Sebastian River Medical Group and Steward Healthcare, calls the change one of the “flipsy-flopsies” of medicine.

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