New Study Says You Should Drop Your Blood Pressure Even More
A new study finds that having a systolic blood pressure of under 120 could reduce the risk of death more than 25 percent compared to a reading of 140.By Grant Suneson | November 9, 2015
For years, the American Heart Association has recommended a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg or less, but a new study says it needs to be even lower.
That top number measures what’s known as systolic blood pressure, which is the amount of force exerted on blood vessels when the heart contracts. If that force is too great, it’s known as hypertension, which can damage internal organs and lead to stroke or death.
A study, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, says dropping your systolic blood pressure to less than 120 can drastically reduce the risk of heart disease and death.