Share on Facebook Share on Twitter November 13, 2017 WAPO: Blood pressure of 130 is the new ‘high,’ according to first update of guidelines in 14 years About half of adults in the U.S. will be considered hypertensive under the new guidelines, compared to a third now. Read More Prev Next News and Guts You were just diagnosed with hypertension. And so were millions of other Americans. The American Heart Association now says 130-80 means you have high blood pressure. That’s 46 percent of the population.