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Are there new blood pressure guidelines for people over 60?

Are there new blood pressure guidelines for people over 60?

New guidelines that relax blood pressure levels for people over 60 came as welcome news to Tanis Bryan. The retired college professor watched her blood pressure inch up after losing her husband and, though she discussed it with her doctor, she wasn’t interested in taking more medication.

When did the new blood pressure guidelines come out?

The SPRINT study first made headlines in September 2015, in part because the findings seemed to contradict the expert hypertension guidelines released in December 2013, which for the first time had proposed a higher goal BP ( a systolic BP of less than 150mm mercury) for most adults aged 60 or older.

Can a 65 year old take his blood pressure medication?

“If I have a 65-year-old patient with diabetes or heart disease who is walking around with a blood pressure of 130/80 and no side effects, I won’t withdraw his blood pressure medications,” he said. “But if the blood pressure is 148/84 and we can’t get it to 140, and some medications are affecting his head or his energy, that 148 is great.

When to take medication for high blood pressure?

The updated ACC and AHA guidelines recommend that older adults with a blood pressure reading of 130/80 mm Hg or higher be treated with medication. Previous recommendations set the threshold for high blood pressure treatment with medication for adults 65 or older at 150/80 mm Hg. This change aims to reduce the risk of heart disease in older adults.

New guidelines that relax blood pressure levels for people over 60 came as welcome news to Tanis Bryan. The retired college professor watched her blood pressure inch up after losing her husband and, though she discussed it with her doctor, she wasn’t interested in taking more medication.

“If I have a 65-year-old patient with diabetes or heart disease who is walking around with a blood pressure of 130/80 and no side effects, I won’t withdraw his blood pressure medications,” he said. “But if the blood pressure is 148/84 and we can’t get it to 140, and some medications are affecting his head or his energy, that 148 is great.

What are the new blood pressure guidelines for 2015?

The new 2015 blood pressure guidelines support this more relaxed threshold calling for treatment to lower blood pressure to 150/90 mm Hg for people over age 60, and to 140/90 for adults younger than 60.

The updated ACC and AHA guidelines recommend that older adults with a blood pressure reading of 130/80 mm Hg or higher be treated with medication. Previous recommendations set the threshold for high blood pressure treatment with medication for adults 65 or older at 150/80 mm Hg. This change aims to reduce the risk of heart disease in older adults.