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Updated: 11/19/2017 08:30:00AM

Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE

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New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults.

High pressure, which for decades has been a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, drops to 130 over 80 in advice announced Monday by a dozen medical groups.

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