The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recently released new clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, detection, and treatment of high blood pressure. The guidelines feature altered blood pressure categories, including a new "prehypertension" level-which covers about 22 percent of American adults or about 45 million persons.
St. Luke's Community Outreach department used the new guidelines in the following classifications and recommendations.
Stage 1 Hypertension
Stage 2 Hypertension
Lifestyle Change Recommendations
Diet rich in vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy products; low in fat/saturated fat
Regular aerobic exercise
Moderate alcohol intake
Quit or reduce tobacco usage
For a high blood pressure guide, click here.