For the first time after 2003, American Heart Association is updating the comprehensive guidelines for blood pressure and hypertension. The American Heart Association has released a new set of guidelines on blood pressure which are actually the first comprehensive guidelines to be issued in the last 10 years. The new guidelines were announced at the American Heart Association’s 2017 Scientific Sessions conference in Anaheim, California.
According to the new report from the AHA, health experts now recommend that high blood pressure of 130/80 should now be considered to have hypertension, or abnormally high blood pressure. Previously, a blood pressure level of 140/90 was the baseline for being diagnosed with hypertension.
As the new guidelines from the AHA nearly half of all the American adults of the United States, i.e. 46 percent — suffer from hypertension. By the AHA’s old standards, 32 percent of American adults suffered from high blood pressure.
For people over 65, the guidelines undo a controversial tweak made three years ago to relax standards and not start medicines unless the top number was over 150. Now, everyone that old should be treated if the top number is over 130 unless they’re too frail or have conditions that make it unwise.
“We want to be straight with people – if you already have a doubling of risk, you need to know about it,” said Dr. Paul K. Whelton, the lead author of the AHA’s new guidelines. “It doesn’t mean you need medication, but it’s a yellow light that you need to be lowering your blood pressure, mainly with non-drug approaches.”
Here are Six foods good for your heart that may also help in controlling high blood pressure.
1. Bananas: Bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world for good reason. Bananas aren’t just sweet and low in sodium; they’re also rich in potassium. Eating them could help lower blood pressure and reduce the risks of cancer and asthma.
2. Spinach: This green leafy delight is low in calories, high in fiber, and packed with nutrients like potassium, folate, magnesium – key ingredients for lowering and maintaining blood pressure levels.
3. Celery: Some studies have shown that celery may help in lowering high blood pressure. It contains phytochemicals known as phthalides that are known to relax the muscle tissue in the artery walls, enabling increased blood flow and, in turn, lowering blood pressure.
4. Oats: Foods high in fiber such as oats and whole grains are known to keep your blood pressure at healthy levels. They help reduce both your systolic and diastolic pressure.
5. Avocados: The oleic acid found in avocados can reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They also contain potassium and folate that are essential for heart health.
6. Berries: Berries, especially blueberries, are rich in natural compounds called flavonoids. One study found that consuming these compounds might prevent hypertension and help lower blood pressure. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are easy to add to your diet.
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