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New changes made in diagnosing Hypertension

Locals not taking ailment seriously

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – THE recent announcement by the American Heart Association (AHA) of new guidelines for diagnosing patients with Hypertension (high blood pressure) from 140/90 to 130/80 have found favour with popular medical practitioner Dr. Terrance Drew.

The new guidelines were recently outlined and are now expected to be fully implemented globally.

Dr. Drew believes that the changes would have been made based on research done a few years prior in the medical community, and the information is now reaching the masses.

The information has highlighted that by lowering the blood pressure to numbers below 130 and below 80 is beneficial to morbidity and mortality, Dr. Drew said.

“That means that you would have fewer complications from blood pressure, such as strokes and heart attacks and so forth, and also you can live longer,” he said.

The MD disclosed that the changes do not only apply to younger people but also to the elderly who could benefit significantly.

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