Nearly half of Americans now have high blood pressure, based on new guidelines

High blood pressure should be treated at 130/80 rather than 140/90, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

High blood pressure should be treated at 130/80 rather than 140/90, according to the new parameters set forth by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other health professional organizations. Practicing physicians and the public are "going to be a little bit shocked or taken aback by a diagnosis of Stage 1 hypertension with a blood pressure of 130/80, which historically has been considered a normal, well-controlled blood pressure," said Dr. William White,...