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December 17, 2017

Effect of New AHA Blood Pressure Guidelines on ACSM Exams

by Francis Neric

As a follow-up to our social media posts last week, you may be aware that the American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Heart Association (AHA), and other organizations recently released updated blood pressure guidelines. I'm sure that you have questions if you are preparing or helping to prepare candidates to take an ACSM exam(s).

If you plan to take ACSM exams Jan 1-Dec 31, 2018, continue to use 140-159 (SBP) and 90-99 mmHg (DBP) as the definition of Stage 1 hypertension and 120-139 mmHg (SBP) and 80-89 mmHg (DBP) as prehypertension.

Beginning January 1, 2019, ACSM exams will reflect the redefined threshold for high blood pressure and include related terminology (i.e., "elevated blood pressure"). Please visit the following links for more information:

What's Changed: New High Blood Pressure Guidelines
AHA Updates Blood Pressure Guidelines
American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines

We look forward to you becoming a part of the ACSM family.

In health,
Francis B. Neric, MS, MBA
ACSM National Director of Certification

Connect with me:
Twitter: @FNeric
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fneric/

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