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Managing your blood pressure: What the new guidelines mean for you

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Get your blood pressure measured at every doctor's visit.

Changes to start making today if your numbers are too high.

In December 2013, new blood pressure guidelines released in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggested raising the blood pressure target for adults ages 60 and over from 140/90 to 150/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). If you've been working to lower your blood pressure, you might have wondered what effect these new recommendations will have on your treatment.

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