Hypertension Screening

by Dr Nick

Dr Nick the Incrementalist discusses the new screening guidelines for hypertension or High Blood Pressure.
What’s changed and what should you do about it

In November 2017 the American College of Cardiology (ACC) updated the hypertension screening guidelines.

Blood Pressure
Guidelines for Hypertension Categories

Normal: Less than 120/80 mm Hg;
Elevated: Systolic between 120-129 and diastolic less than 80;
Stage 1: Systolic between 130-139 or diastolic between 80-89;
Stage 2: Systolic at least 140 or diastolic at least 90 mm Hg;
Hypertensive crisis: Systolic over 180 and/or diastolic over 120, with patients needing prompt changes in medication if there are no other indications of problems, or immediate hospitalization if there are signs of organ damage.

There’s a good article on reading the new guidelines¬†here

You can find more details from the from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) screening guidelines update here:



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