US gets aggressive with target blood pressure

130/80mmHg is the new high 

High blood pressure should be treated earlier with lifestyle changes and in some patients with medication — at 130/80mmHg rather than 140/90mmHg — according to US guidelines.


In contrast, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, which introduced major changes to its hypertension guidelines in 2017, still classifies grade 1 (mild) hypertension as 140-159mmHg over 90-99mmHg.

The new US guidelines mean that rather than one in three American adults having high blood pressure (32%), from now on, nearly half its adult population (46%) will be classified as