Blood Pressure After Heart Problems: New Treatment Guidelines

Keeping blood pressure in check is important
for avoiding a heart attack — especially if you’ve already survived one. New guidelines
could help doctors and patients keep blood pressure on track after heart problems. I’m
Miranda Savioli with your latest health news. The American Heart Association, American College
of Cardiology and American Society of Hypertension released new joint guidelines for treating
high blood pressure in patients who have been diagnosed with stroke, heart attack or heart
disease. This new statement says most patients should reduce their blood pressure to less
than one forty over ninety. However, patients with diabetes, certain heart problems or narrow
leg arteries should aim for one thirty over eighty. The top number is the pressure during
a heartbeat; the bottom number is the pressure between beats. Ask your doctor about checking your blood
pressure numbers.

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