Updated blood pressure guidelines by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association reveal that nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure.

A study by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association examined how new blood pressure guidelines impact treatment recommendations for U.S. adults. These updated guidelines reveal that nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, yet not all require blood pressure-lowering medication.

Previous guidelines defined high blood pressure as readings of 140/90 mmHg or higher, with 32% of participants falling into this range. By dropping the high blood pressure definition to 130/80 mmHg or above, nearly half (46%) of U.S. adults now have hypertension.

Fortunately, not all 46% of adults will require medication to lower their blood pressure. It’s estimated that the number of adults needing medication will increase by only 2% because medication is recommended for patients only with high cardiovascular risk or those with stage 2 hypertension.

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