Medical Monday: New blood pressure guidelines

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - You may have high blood pressure and not even know it. Doctors say knowing your blood pressure numbers can be the difference between life and death.

Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Ajay Labroo says early intervention is crucial.

“The earlier we can get to folks, the better off we are. You don’t really want to meet me after your stroke,” explained Dr. Labroo.

Stroke is just one complication that can result from high blood pressure.

According to Dr. Labroo, “High blood pressure is associated with heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. So, those four organs that are affected by high blood pressure are very important, obviously, to all of us. So, controlling high blood pressure minimizes the risk of those things happening."

Under the new blood pressure guidelines, normal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80, and the category of pre-hypertension is eliminated. The new blood pressure categories include elevated, stage one hypertension, stage two hypertension and hypertensive crisis. To see the full chart, click on the link from The American College of Cardiology attached to this article.