High blood pressure is now considered 130/80

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TOLEDO (WTVG) - Have you checked your blood pressure recently? You may want to because you might have high blood pressure even if you didn't have it last year and even if the numbers haven't changed.

For the first time in 14 years the American Heart Association announced blood pressure guidelines have been redefined.

Blood pressure is no longer considered high at 140 over 90. The new marker for high pressure is now 130 over 80.

AHA reported about 14-percent more patients will be diagnosed and nearly half the adult population will have high blood pressure.

Dr. Syed Zaidi, the President of the American Heart Association of Northwest Ohio said, "it's a big jump but at the same time it's an opportunity for us to really recognize the risk factor."

Along with exercising, Dr. Zaidi said patients should continue a healthy diet and that can help prevent what's known as the 'silent killer.'