Are You Checking Your Blood Pressure?

I recommend a gradual lowering of blood pressure to allow the body to get adjusted to the lower level of blood pressure. Start low and go slow. Can blood pressure be too low? Current recommendation is to avoid lowering the diastolic blood pressure less than 70 in those with coronary artery disease.
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New Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Prevent 25 Percent of Heart Attacks

Current medical guidelines use a one-size-fits-all treatment approach based on target blood pressure values that leads to some patients being on too many medications and others being on too little, authors say. Blood pressure medication is ultimately used to prevent associated heart disease and stroke. Researchers found that a person’s blood pressure level is often not the most important factor in determining if a blood pressure medication will prevent these diseases – but common practice is to base treatment strictly on blood pressure levels. “Drugs that lower blood pressure are among the most effective and commonly used medications in the country, but we believe they can be used dramatically more effectively,” says lead author Jeremy Sussman, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of internal medicine in the Division of General Medicine at the U-M Medical School and research scientist at the Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. “The purpose of these medications is not actually to avoid high blood pressure itself but to stop heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases.
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Blood pressure tailored treatment reduces individual’s risk of heart disease and strokes

Their diastolic blood pressure – the bottom number – also fell by 7 mm Hg. Blood pressure did not change among people with hypertension in the comparison group. “These decreases in (blood pressure) are among the most potent dietary interventions observed and comparable to current medication,” Dr Pierce said. However, there was no flaxseed-related benefit for people with normal blood pressure.
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Flaxseed may lower high blood pressure

Sussman asserted that they should guide use of medications by a patient’s risk of these diseases and how much adding a new medication decreases that risk – not solely on their blood pressure level. He found that people who have mildly high blood pressure but high cardiovascular risk receive a lot of benefit from treatment, but those with low overall cardiovascular risk do not. The study has been published in the medical journal, Circulation. Source-ANI I agree to the terms and conditions Your comments are automatically posted once they are submitted. All comments are however constantly reviewed for spam and irrelevant material (such as product or personal advertisements, email addresses, telephone numbers and website address). Such insertions do not conform to our policy and ‘Terms of Use’ and are either deleted or edited and republished.
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