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Hey everyone,

As you know, the NPTE goes through major updates every 5 years and then very minor updates on a regular basis in between.

For the 2018 major update, the biggest change was the addition of a Lymphatic System section and some minor reallocation of items, especially in the musculoskeletal system.

One of the other big changes for 2018 was the update of normal Blood Pressure Guidelines.

Essentially, the old blood pressure guidelines were published in 2003 and updated in 2014.  These guidelines contained the classic Normal, Prehypertension, and Hypertension categories.

In 2017, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association provided an entirely new classification system for blood pressure guidelines as follows:

ACC/AHA Guideline
Classification Blood Pressure Criteria
Normal <120 mmHG AND <80 mmHG
Elevated 120-129 mmHG AND <80mmHG
Stage 1 Hypertension 130-139 mmHG OR 80-89 mmHG
Stage 2 Hypertension ≥140 mmHG OR ≥ 90 mmHG


As you can imagine, this will have a minor impact on the NPTE, but the new blood pressure guidelines will be tested and it’s definitely worth having them in mind as you prepare for the exam.

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