Doctors should be more aggressive in their treatment of rising blood pressure problems, suggests a fresh study. Vulnerability to death owing to heart diseases can be significantly minimized by treating this condition more aggressively for healthy living, claims a study. During the past, there have been many debates centered on the most suitable way for treating hypertension in older adults. The study revealed such highly beneficial outcomes that it had to be stopped almost a year ago to spread the awareness among masses. According to Dr Gibbons, highly intensive treatment of soaring blood pressure is required to protect lives and lower complications like heart attack in people aged 50 years or more. Dr Gibbons is associated with National Institute of Heart’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as director.
Two different ways or numbers are used for measurement of blood pressure. Systolic pressure and diastolic pressure are two ways of measuring our blood pressure. The former can be referred as top limit while the latter refers to bottom limit. As per the latest guidelines, systolic pressure needs to be almost between 150 and 160. The same study also suggests doctors to maintain the systolic pressure at least below 120, especially for people aged over 50.
Some of the key statistics on soaring blood pressure are mentioned below:
- At least one in every three adults has this condition which stands at almost 70 million of US population.
- Only 50% of people diagnosed with this health condition have managed to keep it under control.
- Almost one out of three American adults suffers pre-hypertension. It is particularly when blood pressure stats are greater compared to normal but hardly in the similar lines of high BP.
- Women are equally at risk of developing the condition during their lifetime as in case with men.
- People aged below 45, especially men are more affected by this condition than women. However, women aged 65 years or above are more likely to develop this condition than men.
A research study conducted involved over 9,300 individuals with 50 years of age and more. All of the study participants of this research study were exposed to higher risk of developing kidney or heart disease. As much as 50% of study participants received up to two medications on an average directed at lowering this systolic pressure at least below 140. Rest of the research study participants had three medications on an average to reduce their own systolic pressure less than 120.
According to the research study findings, participants getting their individual systolic pressure less than 120 experienced health benefits later. At the same time, those managed to have their own systolic pressure at least less than 120 had almost 25% lesser risk of dying. The same population had up to 30% reduced risk of certain cardiovascular ailments like stroke, heart attack, etc.
According to Dr Gibbons, the study reveals highly beneficial information which would be beneficial to medical care providers. They usually seek the best suitable treatment options with their patients in mind, especially those aging fifty years or more.
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