For the first time in over 14 years, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recently changed their guidelines to help detect, prevent, manage and treat high blood pressure. We have aligned our app to match these new standards and you may notice some changes. But don’t worry, read on—we’ve broken it all down for you.
130 Is The New 140
A few things have changed, for example, the term “pre-hypertension” is gone, and the new standards lower the definition of high blood pressure. Blood pressure categories in the new guidelines are:
Home Monitoring is Key
The new guidelines stress the importance of using proper techniques to measure blood pressure and they also recommend “the use of home blood pressure monitoring using validated devices.” They also want to train professionals to detect “white coat hypertension”—a syndrome that can be avoided when measuring your own BP.
The new guidelines were enacted, in part, to increase hypertension awareness and to nudge people towards healthy habits. Being aware of your blood pressure can encourage lifestyle modifications such as proper diet and exercise that have been proven to help people manage heart health.
Connect with Your Doctor
It's important for you to be empowered and know your numbers, but it’s no replacement for your doctor’s advice and guidance. PMD Healthcare’s Remote Patient Monitoring and Wellness Management Services will connect you to your doctor anytime and from anywhere!