30 Million Americans Were Just Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure, Here's Why...

Tyler Durden's picture

30 million Americans who woke perfectly healthy yesterday morning are now suddenly in need of expensive hypertension treatments after the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology decided to lower the definition of "high blood pressure" to 130/80 from the previous trigger of 140/90.  According to Reuters, the change means that nearly 50% of American adults, or roughly 100 million people, now suffer from high blood pressure.

Americans with blood pressure of 130/80 or higher should be treated, down from the previous trigger of 140/90, according to new guidelines announced on Monday by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.


At the new cutoff, around 46 percent, or more than 103 million, of American adults are considered to have high blood pressure, compared with an estimated 72 million under the previous guidelines in place since 2003.


High blood pressure accounts for the second-largest number of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths in the United States, second only to smoking.


A large, government-sponsored study of hypertension patients aged 50 and older showed in 2015 that death from heart-related causes fell 43 percent and heart failure rates dropped 38 percent when their systolic blood pressure was lowered below 120 versus those taken to a target of under 140.


But patients in the 120 systolic blood pressure group had a higher rate of kidney injury or failure, as well as fainting.


Not surprisingly, these new guidelines are expected to be a boon for pharma giants like Merck, Pfizer and Novartis who supply the world's expensive hypertension medications.

Potentially deadly high blood pressure can be brought under control with a wide array of medications, many sold as relatively inexpensive generics. The drug classes include angiotensin receptor blockers, such as Novartis AG’s Diovan, calcium channel blockers, like Pfizer Incs’s Norvasc, ACE inhibitors, including Pfizer’s Altace, and diuretics, such as Merck & Co Inc’s Hyzaar.


But the drugs have side effects and the new guidelines emphasize lifestyle changes including weight loss, diet and exercise as the first tool for combating hypertension.


“I think this will encourage both patients to adhere to recommendations but also clinicians to be more vigorous in their attempts to prescribe lifestyle changes,” said Dr. Pamela Morris, chair of the ACC’s committee on prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Of course, perhaps a slight, artificial "tweaking" of their addressable market was exactly the right cure for what's been ailing Merck's stock of late...

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MANvsMACHINE's picture

It's a good thing me and my 160/110 isn't affected by this change.

Sanity Bear's picture

With the right dosage of weed and caffeine, you can set your blood pressure to whatever you want it to be.

Two-bits's picture

Unemployment numbers or bad? Change them.

Need to sell more ? change the numbers we use to diagnose high blood pressure.

Need to extend the Great American Ponzi scheme? Raise the retirement age.

spastic_colon's picture

it looks like "investors" mistook this news to help MMM who's ramp saved the dow so far today..............

Joe Davola's picture

Let's use the same method to address all the state pensions - up the expected returns to 15%, et voila problem solved!

Bokkenrijder's picture

A perfect example of Astroturfing.

tmosley's picture

Go on ketosis and/or do some fasting--lose weight fast and get rid of diabetes, HBP, high cholesterol, and a number of other health problems.

Manthong's picture


Can I get all the opioids I want now,,,,  ????   


I'm really feeling hypertense and tendencies towards self-mutilation....

..which means that if I was a bit younger the army would accept me now.



WT Flying F world am I living in anymoar    ?????

JRobby's picture

I thought it was from watching the MSM, snowflakes screaming to the sky, small children dancing with men that have nothing on glitter stuck to their genitals?

But instead, it's because big pharma needs to sell more bp meds! Who would have thought?!?!?

beemasters's picture

Update: It's been discovered that those with higher risks of high blood pressure tend to be Zerohedge readers.

knukles's picture

Same thing as resetting the IQ idiot threshold for a particular "ah-hem" minority?

BLOTTO's picture

I've been baked for 3,500 days straight.
No vaccines and no pills.

bobcatz's picture

Good for you. WARNING to all: Beware of Pharmacology. http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-1zQ

Dabooda's picture

So they're going to sell you blood pressure medicines to bring your blood pressure down to 120 -- at which point they can sell you MORE medications to treat your new fainting and kidney problems.  How's that for a win-win?

Ms. Erable's picture

Just like when they hooked another couple million dupes on statins, as they changed the cholesterol threshold from 240 to 220 to 200 to 180.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

And nuked their livers. Statin's kill livers. 

Manthong's picture


I was wondering why I felt my head was about to explode.

ZH might be the best med reference.

JRobby's picture

But your coranary arteries are clearer. Just get a new liver. As long as you can keep taking the meds. Keep taking all the meds........

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Statins reduce coenzyme Q10 in the body. What is critical for heart health? Coenzyme Q10.

There is no study that suggests statins prolong life or reduce the incidence of heart disease. I read one study that suggested there is had a small efficacy in men who had had a heart attack that reduced the likelihood of a second. Hardly worth foisting this poison on so many people who are unwittingly volunteering to be lab rats.


Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

It’s a killer. Statins will be discovered to cause brain damage

Lumberjack's picture

For patients not covered by health insurance, hypertension treatment typically costs between $740 and $1,200 or more per year, with an annual average cost of $454 for doctor's visits, and $407 for prescription medication, according to a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality .Sep 18, 2013

Manthong's picture


Miffed… appreciate  your saged  wisdom….


But I am determined to self -determinate

I am, shopping for a Wing Suit now.



GHC.. this is fun conversation


StychoKiller's picture

Soooooo, thaaaas wattttt gives me ittttt! :>D

XWeatherman's picture

Drug induced senility.  It will enhance the Alzheimer's disease pill production industry.

SHRAGS's picture

That's exactly what my reading of the literature says too Miffed.  Michael R. Eades, M.D. is a good blog to follow, looks hard at the research data and summarises it nicely in Statin Panic https://proteinpower.com/drmike/2007/02/02/statin-panic/

Kassandra's picture

"There is no study that suggests statins prolong life or reduce the incidence of heart disease."


Absolutely correct. My Dear Husband has a genetic condition...his body creates bad LDL in spite of what he eats. First heart attack at 47. He's not fat..at all. Skinny all his life. We are doing all we can. His Grandfather died at 52 massive heart attack.

Dear Husband now has 4 stents.

Statins are NOT helping him, unless helping him consists of extreme muscle aches and dementia flavored brain fog. We are looking for other solutions. He has started a new injectable that is not a statin. Gets results next month.
We know there may not be any answers or cures. It is...what it is.

My chol is almost exactly the same as it was when I was 36. I am now 63. They tried to put me on statins...and I am called noncompliance patient as they make me sick as a dog and not taking that crap any more...even at low dose. My saving grace is I have an amazing breakdown.

Tired of Bending Over's picture

Could he have a deficiency in B complex vitamins?  A good B complex vitamin (Biotics Research) and K2 vitamin, which is a natural arterial scrubber/anti placque vitamin may help. 

XWeatherman's picture

Statins are precoursers to diabetes.

waspwench's picture

And what is worse, they are going to use digital pills which will send an electronic signal when you take your meds.

This means that if your doc is pushing some big pharma poison and you don't take it the doc will know.

Well, I am sure we will all find a way to hack those digital pills.   We are nothing if not resourceful.

Kassandra's picture

Nah...get some "salt subsiture."
Use a dash in your coffee the day you go to see Dr.
Drink a sprinkle in your water right before you see Dr.
Breathe deep, relax.
Insist they take your BP after you see the the Dr.
Game the system. It is gaming you.

Realname's picture

Only 3500?

On a side note I crushed my foot between a huge log (rolling downhill, no less) and the metal frame of the lift on the tractor. White Widow and some home made rum have been the best pain alleviators, as of yet. When I get back to walking Ill continue said regime for maintenance purposes, of course.

ne14truth's picture

I have been baked for over 7300 days....I don't go to doctors, don't take their pills and I am healthy as an ox.....these people would make you believe that none of our ancestors lived past the age of 16 because they did not have any pills to SAVE them from all the horrible things living inside them that are all trying to kill them.

Big Twinkie's picture

I take pills -- I made them myself.  They contains Himalayan sea salt. 800 mg each.  Read "The Salt Fix" by Dr. DiNicolantonio, if you want the other side of the story.

Dabooda's picture

There's NO iodide in Himalayan sea salt.  How is that a good thing?

Yogizuna's picture

Over 84 minerals and trace elements. 

Big Twinkie's picture

It has lots of sodium chloride.  Actually, a lot of evidence points to iodine supplementation causing or aggravating autoimmune thyroid disease.  Iodine is essential but for some reason it seems to cause or worsen thyroid disease.

Kassandra's picture

I am not that old, retirement age, but I have outlived most of my doctors.

I figure that is my job now. Outlive all my doctors. Young and old.

Paul E. Math's picture

I've been clean and sober for 3,500 days.  Not in a row though.

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium. Balance these out with some trace cofactors and lose ALL Other synthetic supplements....BP will come right in line, guaranteed. Our 'food' is not food any more....so restore the natural balance. Most doctors do not even know simple biochemistry...or do not condone it, and would prefer to treat your acute symtoms with pharma (aka $$) drugs. Our country is sad.

Richard Chesler's picture

I have good insurance and I'm lucky to get shitty generics made in India.
Who pays for brand label?

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

This change is not about trying to make more people aware of high blood pressure. It's about getting the pass they need to put you on big Pharma's meds.

It's all about selling you pills. Get hip.

williambanzai7's picture


I like to control my BP after reading ZH, with a nice cold Hong Kong ice tea and butter.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture


Wouldn't you know it, Banzai's got butter porn!

Got The Wrong No's picture

I know for sure that since I became addicted to ZH, 7 years ago, I have put on 35 lbs. 

I'm 67 and have a 118 over 68 blood pressure. I am fortunate that I have a good genetic make up. 

I'm sure that there are times, when I read things here at ZH my BP spikes. 

The comment section and a nice brew usually fixes that problem.

eclectic syncretist's picture

You are a blessed man my friend. And if you let big pharma get its way you and anyone aged 0-infinity will be taking a potpourri of enzyme inhibitors that will affect you in ways they couldn't possibly predict.

New_Meat's picture

Wrong No.

"... I am fortunate that I have a good genetic make up."

Member of the Lucky Sperm Club. ;-)

Billy the Poet's picture

since I became addicted to ZH, 7 years ago, I have put on 35 lbs.


Everybody preps in their own way.

Stuck on Zero's picture

High blood pressurewon't kill you. It's the lack of blood pressure that kills you.

Pope Clement's picture

See Dr John Bergman on youTube. He shows how high BP is your body adapting to save your life; in most cases trying to get more oxygen to O2 depleted cells and mitochondria. So fix the causes for the poor oxygen utilization and if you want to live pay absolutely no attention to AMA and big pharma guidelines. They are the leading cause of unnatural death which is millions more than all the wars in USA history.