Lower threshold for high blood pressure impacts prevention and health care globally

Lower threshold for high blood pressure impacts prevention and health care globally
Credit: American Heart Association

Changing the definition of high blood pressure universally would have a global impact on the prevalence of hypertension—particularly in lower income countries and in younger age groups—according to a study published today in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. The study's authors suggest substantial increases in health-care resources are required to tackle hypertension globally.

The infographic shows the increase in the proportion of people with when applying stricter BP thresholds was highest in : 95.3% for ≥140/90 mmHg compared to ≥130/80, and 203.9% for ≥140/90 mmHg compared to ≥120/70. In contrast, the lowest increases with stricter thresholds were seen in high-income countries: 71.6% for ≥140/90 mmHg compared to ≥130/80, and 167.1% for ≥140/90 mmHg compared to ≥120/70.

The average age of people with hypertension would be 46.9 years with a threshold of ≥120/70 mmHg; 49.7 years at ≥130/80 mmHg, and 53.8 years at ≥140/90 mmHg.

More information: Janis M. Nolde et al, Global Impact of Different Blood Pressure Thresholds in 4 021 690 Participants of the May Measurement Month Initiative, Hypertension (2022). DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.122.19144

Journal information: Hypertension
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