CBS New York - "New Guidelines May Mean Millions More Will Be Put On Blood Pressure Medication" - Dr. Max Gomez
A major change is coming on how doctors measure high blood pressure, and it means that millions more could be put on medication to control it. The old guidelines said a patient did not have high blood pressure until either of their numbers reached 140 or 90 for the low. Now, the new guidelines say hypertension starts at 130 for the high number, and over 80 for the low. Valentin Fuster, MD, professor of medicine and cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, director of Mount Sinai Heart and physician in chief at The Mount Sinai Hospital said, “Any change that you do had tremendous implications, implementing the new guidelines will also have some major implications for treatment.” He showed studies that proved that even a 10-point drop can reduce heart attacks and strokes by two- to threefold. “The greatest priority today is to go after the people and know who has high blood pressure versus who does not,” Dr. Fuster added. He said many people taking medications for their blood pressure still do not get to the recommended numbers, so better action is needed there.
- Valentin Fuster, MD, Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health and Physician in Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital