"It’s important to check your blood pressure readings regularly (about every 6 months), especially if you have had high readings in the past or if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure." Dr Louisa Draper Depending on the severity, high blood pressure is treated with lifestyle changes as well as blood pressure medication. Talk to your nurse or doctor if you’re worried that your blood pressure is too high. New guidelines that relax blood pressure levels for people over 60 came as welcome news to Tanis Bryan. African Americans are disproportionately affected by high blood pressure, and at an earlier age, according to CDC. The retired college professor watched her blood pressure inch up after losing her husband and, though she discussed it with her doctor, she wasn't interested in taking more medication."The new guidelines give a little more leeway and a little less stress about this particular indicator," the Greenville woman said."The data have accumulated to indicate that hitting 140 didn't mean 'Crisis Ahead — Beware,' " she said. And hypertension costs the nation $47.5 billion a year. "That was something else I had to worry about that increased stress levels."Until recently, the control goal for people 60 and older was 140/90. According to Duke University researchers, that could mean that 5.8 million people considered uncontrolled under the old guidelines wouldn't need blood pressure medication under the new guidelines. has high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to the U. While everyone agrees that hypertension can lead to strokes, heart disease and kidney disease, just how low blood pressure levels should be to reduce the risk is controversial. While the new guidelines should result in fewer medication side effects, some say it could increase the risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Out with the old One in four adults in the over-60 group is on hypertension drugs to meet the old guidelines, according to the researchers from Duke Clinical Research Institute, who collaborated with Mc Gill University researchers. According to the study, 13.5 million adults — most over 60 — would no longer be classified as having poorly controlled blood pressure, including 5.8 million who would no longer need blood pressure pills under the new guidelines, lead author Ann Marie Navar-Boggan, a cardiology fellow at Duke University School of Medicine, told The Greenville News."These adults would be eligible for less intensive blood pressure medication under the new guidelines, particularly if they were experiencing side effects," she said. "But many experts fear that increasing blood pressure levels in these adults could be harmful."The American Heart Association advocates that health care providers continue to follow the 140/90 guideline, saying there's not enough evidence to justify such "a major change."But Dr. Andrea Bryan of Carolina Cardiology Consultants with Greenville Health System said the new guideline for the top, or cystolic number, is good news."For quite a while, the goal, especially for older patients, has been much too low," she said."They get calcified arteries, so it's harder to get blood pressure control overall.
May 4, 2011. If you're in your 60s or over, your doctor might be misdiagnosing, and. Blood pressure readings may be perfectly normal at the doctor's office. Normal blood pressure effectively and harmlessly pushes the blood from your. elevated over time, however, it is called high blood pressure or hypertension.