The new definition will result in nearly half of the U.S. adult population (46 percent) having high blood pressure, with the greatest impact expected among younger people.
Additionally, the prevalence of high blood pressure is expected to triple among men under age 45, and double among women under 45 (source: acc.org). Under the new guidelines, almost two-thirds (24 million) of the 39 million higi blood pressure screenings in 2017 were in the hypertensive range (source: higi internal data).
Users will also notice that the category previously labeled “at risk” has been changed to “elevated” as part of the update. We encourage you to partner with your healthcare provider and to read more about the update blood pressure guidelines in the link below to learn more.
Updated Blood Pressure Guidelines - American Heart Association