More than 300 medical practices and health systems recognized for blood pressure control

American Heart Association and American Medical Association select first recipients of new Target: BP™ Recognition Program awards DALLAS, Nov. 28, 2017 — The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) today recognized 310 physician practices and health systems from across the country for their commitment to reducing the number of Americans who

Experts recommend lower blood pressure for older Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California — The risk of heart attacks, heart failure, strokes and death can be reduced in adults 65 and older if they’re treated for blood pressure the same way younger people are – to a systolic blood pressure of less than 130 – according to new guidelines from scientists and medical experts.

More than half of all African-Americans have high blood pressure under new diagnostic guidelines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California — Well over half of all African-American adults will be classified as having high blood pressure under new streamlined diagnostic guidelines released this week, illuminating the heavy burden of cardiovascular disease in the population. The guidelines change the definition of high blood pressure – also called hypertension –

Volunteer adds patient’s perspective to new high blood pressure guidelines

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NAHEIM, California — If you’re researching the best ways for doctors to diagnose and treat high blood pressure, it’s important for top cardiovascular experts to exhaustively analyze the best available scientific studies. It’s also important to invite people from outside the scientific system, people who know what it’s like when

Don’t just get your BP taken; make sure it’s taken the right way

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Attention passengers, this is your pilot speaking. I’m kind of in a hurry to get to our destination and you probably are, too. Since I know what I’m doing, I’m going to cut some time by zipping through all those boring safety checks that usually take us so long, and

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Should Clarify Your Status — What To Do About It

From the Huffington Post, A message from Nancy Brown, Contributor and CEO, American Heart Association There’s a new way to classify blood pressure readings, and the biggest change is for anyone who’s been described as “prehypertensive” or “high normal.” Millions of Americans earned those labels for having a top number of 120-139 or a bottom number