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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Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Hawthorn and turmeric would help that. They prescribe hawthorn in the EU for that condition

HardAssets's picture

Go long on B.S.

Guaranteed winner

Arrow4Truth's picture

Raise the retirement age? Retirement is when you decide, not according to some outside influence. Fuck 'em. 

813kml's picture

The rational version of a speedball.

P-51 Stiletto's picture

Where's John Belushi when you need him? Too soon?

Ben A Drill's picture

Why don’t they just put THC in beer and coffee?

P-51 Stiletto's picture

If you lived in Colorado, you wouldn't ask that question.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

So true! My BP has been around 125/80 for years. One dr visit it was 145/90 and my dr freaked. Was going to call in a script and I said no way. I had 3 cups of coffee in the AM forgetting I always pass on coffee before a dr visit. He wasn't convinced and proclaimed he was going to monitor this. The next visit it was back to normal.

I can understand his worry. My family members have either dropped dead from massive stroke or a slow agonizing death from COPD. I'm not sure if a massive stroke is such a bad thing.


NunNun's picture

My Dr said coffee affects heart rate but not really blood pressure. If you drank alcohol lately though that could have been it.

Sokhmate's picture

Caffeine should be regulated like a drug. it's the king of bad.

TwelveOhOne's picture

On the contrary; drugs should be regulated like caffeine.  Tyrannic regimes really are "bad kings"...

oneshot2shots's picture

Yes, the caffeine naturally found in coffee and cocoa powder is a killer. Leafy Green vegetables are another toxic dose. STAY AWAY.



chiswickcat's picture

Higher heart rate equals rise in pressure.

toady's picture

I lean towards massive stroke also....

BarkingCat's picture

I am convinced. Time to head to the bathroom and have a massive stroke.....now where did I put that magazine?

stormsailor's picture

men in my family have been dropping dead of heart attacks for more than two centurys on my mother side, somewhere between 58 and 64.  i had my spinal cord crushed down 33% and it started to cause some heart symptoms, they did a cath and found out my coronary arteries were genetically defective they came to a 90 degree angle when they split to go to the front and rear side of my heart on both sides. so they duel lined all of them and i should be good.


i run about 70 miles a month and watch what i eat, bp is usually 116 over 60 at rest.  sometimes i run 400 meter intervals at the track and my max heart rate is supposed to be 215 minus my age 157 but goes up as high as 218 according to how fast i run it, and how many repeats i have done. ask my cardioligist about this redlining and he said no worries.


11b40's picture

Massive stroke can be a good way to go, but really horrible if it doesn't kill you.

spaniel's picture

Spicy food is also good , like hot curries, it seems, the hotter, the better.

Try it !

Leveraged Algorithm's picture

Not only that it would be a much nicer world with less conflict...  We need global legalization and drop bails of it in Korea, the Middle East, and Chicago....  Oooops - not working in Chicago.

E5's picture

Next they will be saying you can't have sex with your girlfriend, only your wife.  The bastards. Gotta keep that blood pressure low.

chiswickcat's picture

Don’t forget to add salt of it drops too low.

WassamattaU's picture

With that method, you can set your mood to whatever you want it to be too.

Barney Fife's picture

Or, if you need a drop in a hurry, such as after reading what The Swamp is up to lately, just go to the supermarket, in the dairy aisle, when no one is lookng and huff the gas out of a can of Rediwhip. 

Just like getting a Whiff of the Goof from the dentist only 50X more potent. Blood pressure will fall from 180....160......90......40...35.... in no time and trust me, everything will seem funny as hell for about 30 seconds. 

For maintainence I suggest you then move to the beer aisle. 

shitshitshit's picture

measuring blood pressure is as accurate as shit:

try measuring it when you wake up happy and relaxed, and after you did some work out...

In other terms, it is not a significant measure unless you repeat it a number of times in perfectly controled conditions, because it is a statistical measure.

And of course, I haven't seen any MD knowing this fact...

pods's picture

Yep. My mom had high blood pressure every time she went in. When she got a home monitoring kit, turns out hers was a LOT lower. She got nervous being in the doctors office, which evoked a fear response, which leads to increased noradrenaline/norepinephrine, which leads to vasoconstriction, which gives you HBP.

She was right in fearing the doctors though.


Max Hunter's picture

Same thing happens to me.. Not sure if I want to take it though because it makes me get up at night to piss.. Maybe I will just try to eat better... novel idea. 

duo's picture

I can make one of those cheap-ass BP monitors on your wrist read 195/110 just sitting there at the dentist's office.  With a old-style setup with stethoscope it's on the low end of normal.

Professorlocknload's picture

“She was right in fearing the doctors though”

Hope to shout. You wanna live a long happy life, avoid politicians, preachers and doctors.

any_mouse's picture

Me, it the drive in traffic to get to the doctor's office. Then waiting past my appointment time in a waiting room full of sick people with a TV blaring some shit.

Justin Case's picture

You can manage yoar blood pressure by the foods you consume and an exercise program. Nothing is immpossible if you put a little effort into it. After all it's yoar life, who should care moar than you? Lazy people are unhealthy and as soon as they do simple activity they get a heart attack. In Canada we see a lot of heart attacks in the winter. Why, shoveling snow off the driveway. People prefer no effort remedies, b/c they're lazy. Popping a pill is simpler than excersise. You can do that watching the ball game drinking beer and eating peanuts.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Every MD I know (LOTS of them!) know this.

You need to take an anger pill....I'll prescribe one....slip into this comfortable white jacket first.

malek's picture

Get a wrist blood pressure measuring device and measure any time you want, but always sitting straight but relaxed and wrist at heart's height, after you took slow deep relaxing breaths for 3 minutes prior.

The LOWEST number(s) you can achieve is your blood pressure.

holmes's picture

Arm monitors are more accurate.

I woke up's picture

a guy at work that's in his late 30's is 200/130, slender build but smokes a ton and doesn't eat any vegetables.  Has 2 kids.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Give him a hug...thems bad daata points. I would not sell him life insurance.

I woke up's picture

I've talked to him a few times about getting it together, he just doesn't want to and/or doesn't have the will power.  It's too bad because his kids are young and someday I'll get a call from his wife about his passing.

Muirchertach's picture

Recently spoke to a 70-something engineer who bragged he hadn't eaten a vegetable in 70 years and ate whatever he wanted, and he felt pretty vindicated about it due to his age. Just got surgery for his fourth cancer, and probably on massive cocktail of meds, and would have died 30 years ago without major intervention; didn't see the connection.

spaniel's picture

He needs to start taking his health seriously, its not too late.

Farmerz's picture

I seem to run good  in the 140s/90s range, anything less and I feel like walking dead. BP pills either made me cough, or drag my ass around all day falling asleep. Had back aches also.

Philo Beddoe's picture

Try keeping your mother in law out of the house. That seems to work for me. 

Rubbish's picture

Try a drug called Bystolic 5mg or less and you will feel great and if like me drop down to 120/70

I used to run the same range.


Gold Bitchez.......I pick up pennies

junction's picture

Next high blood pressure threshold: 110/70. 


Just remember that cattle have no say in the medications they receive before they are sent to the slaughterhouse.

lasvegaspersona's picture

This is not as stupid as calling folks with a creatinine of 1.25 'stage 3 kidney failure'. 

I don't know who drives these decisions but it ain't your friendly family doctor and his 30 years of experience....prollly a newly minted Havard MD with an MBA.

Takes that kind of prowess to screw things up royally.

Refuse-Resist's picture

I see a Harvard MBA must've checked in.


Bill of Rights's picture

What a Crock of BS, anything to push those pills....

HRClinton's picture

Don't worry. In the long run, all high BP cases will go below the 130/80 threshold. 

It's self-correcting. Works 100% of the time.

Justin Case's picture

Over weight people have high blood pressure.I'm 110/50. I just need someone to piss me off. Then you'll see the HULK.