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Blood Pressure Guidelines

February 21, 2014

If your loved one is a resident in an assisted living center and currently prescribed blood pressure medication for managing their hypertension, you may soon have one less medication to worry about.

The Eighth Joint National Committee announced new guidelines for managing hypertension. The committee is comprised of medical professionals who review scientific evidence to create general practice rules for physicians. Previously, adults ages 60 years and older were recommended to have a blood pressure reading of 140/90 or lower. The new blood pressure goal is 150/90, which reduces how many people fall in the danger zone.

Elderly woman getting her blood pressure checked A recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association discussed how the adjustment affects Americans by the numbers. A team of researchers from the Duke Clinical Research Institute and McGill University analyzed data from 2005 to 2010 that was collected in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Blood pressure measurements were compared to the new guidelines and it was determined that the number of adults needing hypertension medication would drop by almost 10 percent.

The National Institutes of Health notes a handful of ways to prevent high blood pressure. The risk of developing hypertension can be reduced by cutting back on salt and sodium intake as well as adopting a diet that includes fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. Maintaining an appropriate weight and exercising regularly will keep blood pressure from rising as well. It’s a good idea to quit smoking tobacco, as it contributes to the hardening or arteries and limit alcohol consumption because drinks are high in calories. Meals that are safe for residents with high blood pressure are prepared regularly in senior assisted living.

At Elmcroft, we have senior living communities that understand the importance of safe and healthy meals to make it easier for managing hypertension. Contact us today to learn more about our assisted care communities and how we can help!

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