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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adonisdemilo's picture

Pharma lobbyists been busy pumping up the balance sheets?

ToSoft4Truth's picture

People with high blood pressure shouldn't own firearms. 

Supineforfun's picture

I'd give an upvote however, moronic types would think that you were being litteral in you response.


RagaMuffin's picture

Au contraire, think of squeezing the trigger as getting off - strictly medicinal I assure you    ;-)

Arrow4Truth's picture

I regard it as group therapy.

RAT005's picture

Shame on ZHers for not understanding this comment.

Refuse-Resist's picture

How about: people of African descent with an IQ below 100" for the win!



Supineforfun's picture

Heathy as I have ever been on a good diet, and never going to the doctor. In shape, fit happy and still not going to the pill pushers; it is my fucking life after all....

headless blogger's picture

Who has the money to go to the doctor? With my deductible set at $1500, I will always have to pay out of pocket and it's usually at least $180 for a routine visit for minor ailment. So, I don't go anymore.

Dukes's picture

How'd you get a deductible so low?
Must be paying massive premium.

$17k/year premium and $2k deductible here.
Fukn insanity

Bigly's picture

Medicaid, here we all come.


Death panels, crappy clinics, crappy and mandatory treatments

Refuse-Resist's picture

Try an 11k family deductible or 6.5k individual, bronze plan, $1700 per month for healthy family of 4 with no claims the last 2 years.

America? FUCK YEAH!


HRClinton's picture

Don't you have a $20 copay?

And don't you have a pre-tax Health Savings account, from which you deposit your pre-tax dollars? A simple swipe of the card pays for co-pays.

What kind of crap company do you work for?

Ignatius's picture

"Do you suffer from Healthy?  Many people do.  That's why many doctors recommend Suckacockacon*."

(show man playing with grandchildren and a smiling woman holding a puppy)

* "May cause liver damage or sudden death.  Do not drive while on Suckacockacon.  If unable to breathe call your doctor.  If bleeding from the anus and this bleeding persists, take a double-dose of Suckacockacon immediately and get your personal affairs in order."

RagaMuffin's picture

You want to expose an idiot cardiologist who refuses to put you through a stress test until his perscriptions reduce your BP, ask him what the BP should be when you are pressing 220 lbs..... 3 days a week    

HominyTwin's picture

That's pretty good. I press 180, 3 days a week. I hope to make it to 200 in a couple of months.

Ben A Drill's picture

I’ll take a heart attack over getting old and having Alzheimer's.

11b40's picture

Reminds me of a Pearls Before Swine cartoon:

Pig:  Hey Rat!  What are you doing (as Rat eats Pizza, drinks beer, and has a pack if cigs on the table)

Rat:  Enjoying myself.

Pig:  Don't you know that those things will take years off your life?

Rat:  Waht years are those, Pig?  The ones when you you are old, sick, and everything hurts.  All your friends are old too, and no one comes to see you any,more?  Those years.

Next frame:  Rat & Pig, both drinking beer, eating pizza, smoking cigs and have a large time.

Refuse-Resist's picture

My grandfather, who smoked non-filtered from age 11 to age 85, died of a sudden heart attack while working in his garden, something that he greatly enjoyed.

That's a much better way to go than surgeries and  a year of chemo, like my 47 y/o friend who passed last year from pancreatic cancer.

The 'med pros' told my friend to eat a diet high in carbs. After having half of his pancreas removed.


They lie for maximum profit.

If you boil it down, morality in America as it is today values only two things:

1. Power

2. Profits

Every thing else is just window dressing and virtue signallin. A Potemkin village of morals and compassion, concealing a rats next of rentiers and ((())).


buzzsaw99's picture

looks like i picked the wrong week to stop taking amphetamines.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Stryker, Stryker, Stryker, Stryker, Stryker!  <Pow!>

saldulilem's picture

I have recently started spiking my dinner with 2 cloves of chopped raw garlic. I get now why vampires are afraid of it.

headless blogger's picture

Your breath must really stink.

shovelhead's picture


I make clams with linguine twice a month with so much garlic Wifey banishes me to the couch at night.

Everything is better with garlic. Except strawberry ice cream.

headless blogger's picture

Waiting for it......"Trump is causing Americans to have high blood pressure".

Albertarocks's picture

Al Gore just came out with a statement saying it was due to global warming.

HRClinton's picture

Our "Force for good" is helping hundreds of thousands in Eurasia and Africa to lower their BP well below that threshold. 

No risk of a heart attack. Ever.

Fireman's picture

Don't worry, Obomber care will take care of it with WW3!

Ben A Drill's picture

Want to lower my blood pressure? Reduce my commute time, lower the retirement age to 55.

FORD_FIESTA's picture

If mine is high, can I get S.S. Disability and chase Chinese Hookers the rest of my days?

Heywood Jablomi's picture

a new study shows 50% of americans are fucking stupid.

I woke up's picture

90% of people will die at some point of their life

P-51 Stiletto's picture

50% are below average, 99% of them are stupid.

Akzed's picture

59.4% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

Sokhmate's picture

It's higher than that.. around 89.17%

P-51 Stiletto's picture

Leave my dog Spot alone, God-damned pervert mathmaticians...


HRClinton's picture

50% are stupid?

From my viewpoint, it's 90%

Citizen G's picture

Dear Yellowstone,
Please erupt any day now, we need you more than ever before. Do not hold back, unleash all the magma and pyroclastic flows at your disposal. The earth needs a cleansing that lasts millions of years.
Thank you,
Citizen G

HRClinton's picture

Re.. "The earth needs a cleansing that lasts millions of years."

In spite of what (((shady middlemen))) claim, Yahweh approves your message.

He admits the error of his ways, and admits that Satan* (Contrarian Counsel) was right about the Human experiment:

Injecting Alien DNA into Simians didn't work out as hoped. Oh well...

* A title (translated as 'Adversary'), not a name. If you read Job again, it is clear that the role of 'Contrarian Counsel' fits better than any other. 

The Count's picture

Hahaa.... Big Pharma will drug us for all we are worth.

U4 eee aaa's picture

And there is another slap in the face of your credibilty medical industry

BiteMeBO's picture

When a physician remarked on a new patient’s extraordinarily ruddy complexion, he said,

“High blood pressure, Doc. It comes from my family.”

“Your mother’s side or your father’s?” the doctor asked.

“Neither,” he replied. “It’s from my wife’s family.”

MrBoompi's picture

Blood pressure meds are cheap.  I guess the hope is to keep people alive long enough so they get cancer, where you can make a real buck off the patients.