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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amor terra's picture

And of course many of them cause chronic mineral deficiencies that can lead to a whole array of nasty, but profitable, medical conditions that pharma has "just the thing" for.

Aubiekong's picture

Eat whole real food, lose weight, walk 10,000 steps each day, learn to chill... For 90% that would solve their problem.  Instead most will run to the DR, take drugs, and continue in their unhealthy life style getting fatter ans sicker each year...

FORD_FIESTA's picture

Ya, walk into any Walmart and feast your eyes on America........Fat, Lazy and Stupid.

krispkritter's picture

Walmart is a zoo where the animals walk around in the gift shop.  Was in there a few weeks ago and I had to back out of an aisle because the woman in it was to wide for me to get past.  It should be legal to harpoon these people and sell them off to a whaling outfit.

Arrow4Truth's picture

Remember Wally the Walrus? Last time I went to a Wal-Mart, I was compelled to take a shower when I got home.

Refuse-Resist's picture

This die off is gonna be epic.

1 Alabama's picture

not mentioned in the report, the gvt doctor is retarded

HushHushSweet's picture

Sorry -- anyone who falls for the wizardry of modern medicine deserves any ill effects that come with it. The snake oil salesmanship can't be any more obvious than it is, and there's more than enough evidence online and anecdotally proving beyond a doubt that most doctors (not all -- most) are simply shills for big pharma and do NOT have their patients' best interests at heart. Blood pressure medication was a scam from the get-go. Shame on each and every doctor who has ever signed even one perscription for that snake oil.


BritBob's picture

Diet & exercise = good blood pressure reading (normally).

TheGardener's picture

Too late for you , You`ll still die of a heart attack when the Malvinas go to Argentina...

shovelhead's picture

Wait until the North Africans take over Gibralter.

BOOM! One dead Brit Bob.

Racer's picture

How convenient

Aubiekong's picture

Dr's are for fat Americans who are destroying their own health by eating your typical American diet and sitting on the couch too many hours each day.

GunnyG's picture

My doctor stated that my BP was a little high and suggested that I try this crap. I said no and bet her that what was considered a normal BP in the 50s is far higher than now because of Big Pharma. She did her research and my next visit, she stated that I was right! It is all about shoving pills down people's throats and collecting the cash.

I Write Code's picture

In the 1950s they had no drugs to give you anyway, so if your BP wasn't likely to kill you in the next week they just shrugged it off.  FDR basically died of high BP.  All they could do for you back then is prescribe bed rest and morphine.  Really better off with leeches.

Arrow4Truth's picture

FDR should have gone out with his neck broken from the immediate stop resulting from a sudden removal of the floor beneath him. Rope burn would have occurred but would not have been an issue.

WakeUpPeeeeeople's picture

asphyxiation would have been better. A broken neck would have been too good for him

dirty belly's picture

Humans do not need doctors.

These pharmaceuticals were not meant for


Refined Sugar is Not Human Food.

Pharmaceuticals are designed for non-human entities.

That is why Humans do not respond to non-Human created pharmaceuticals.



Humans can heal and be well.



Squidward_Tentacles's picture


I prefer aqua regia.  Gives me a deeper cleaning.

shovelhead's picture

With a good stiff radiator brushing.

RKae's picture

I occaisinally do coffee enemas.

That's the only damned thing coffee is good for.

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insanelysane's picture

Win for pharma.  Loss for everyone that takes this shit but people are too stupid to tell the doctors to go fuck themselves.

Also another notch for the dumbing down of America intentionally.  Kids used to come home from school yelling how the district was in the bottom half of some statistic.

Lesson time.  I had them sit down, take out the calculator.  10 people have $99.95 in their pocket.  Another 10 have $100.05 in their pocket.  What is the average amount?  $100.

Lesson 1: No one is average.

Lesson 2: The bottom half have $0.10 less than top half, on average.

Lesson 3:  Analyze shit yourself before bringing it to dad or you are going to get a math lesson and a lecture on the state of affairs in the American education system and the broader spectrum of the state of the US.

TheGardener's picture

Not only the doc insisted I must take those pills but also family and friends tried to talk me into being "reasonable"

and take care of myself with those pills  . Not easy to resist .

I refused and made lifestyle changes and was ok for a year. Last week high blood pressure (200+!)

was back with a vengenance and I`m still not giving in. Eleminated my beloved red wine from my diet  (no more alcohol)

and meat as well. Did not drink for years at a time before but never thought I would ever go full vegetarian. I live in

my hunting grounds and raise delicious cattle ! 

Ate only vegetables, salad and fruit since and blood pressure is already back to normal , overweight down 12 lbs

with 12 more to go and those will probably not be gone in another week but well before Christmas.

oneshot2shots's picture

Societal pressure is massive. Try telling people you or your kids are not getting vaccines.

Don't. They go somewhere beyond full retard into a realm I was not able to comprehend.

Dickweed Wang's picture

I was on blood pressure meds for 30+ years and after reading some stuff about the "high blood pressure scam" I decided on my own to wean myself off them to see what would happen.  To my complete surprise my blood pressure readings went DOWN about 25 points.  There may have been a time in the distant past where I needed blood pressure meds but it seems that there are many transient factors in people's lives that may cause short term high blood pressure (smoking and drinking in my case, both of which I quit doing 20 years ago).  The bottom line is the whole philosophy of putting people on blood pressure meds for life needs to be re-thought, big time.

smacker's picture

Totally agree with you that the need for meds should be repeatedly validated. But it's weird that yours went down when you stopped taking meds.

Dickweed Wang's picture

But it's weird that yours went down when you stopped taking meds.


Yeah I thought so too but I looked into it a bit and found out that my case might be typical for more people than the medical establishment wants everyone to believe.  In my case the stuff I was taking had a significant impact on my liver function which by itself is one of the things that can lead to high blood pressure. So it seems logical that my BP might go down a bit once I am not taking that type of medication.

Of course, if you ever were to have a discussion about this kind of thing with a typical General Practitioner, there is no way in hell they would admit to any of this stuff.  In fact, my experience is they will do whatever they can to continue/promote the current medical diagnosis and treatment paradigm . . . which I can assure you doesn't include checking every so often to see if continued use of blood pressure meds is justified.

smacker's picture

It's rather sad that doctors are obliged to follow guidance from the higher-ups in .gov for fear of being struck off or sued etc. After all the controversies about "statins" it amazes me that GP doctors still keep prescribing them to all and sundry regardless of the risks of side effetcs that many people suffer.

Dickweed Wang's picture

It's not sad . . . it's fucking bullshit.

Collectivism Killz's picture

Last year multiple studies came out regarding Cholesterol, including one by the American Heart Association. These studies universally showed that 80 percent of cholesterol is related to genetics and that oxidation of lipids is the real risk. In other words, they found that MDs should be focusing on oxidation and inflammation in the blood, not lipid levels. They also emphasized the risk of taking statins, including greatly increased risk of type 2 diabetes and noted that over half of all cardiac deaths occur with people who have normal cholesterol levels.

My mother in law was worried about her cholesterol in spite of being super healthy. I looked for these studies to put her mind at ease and found that they had been buried in search results by google. Now, instead of getting the AHA study front and center, it appears on page 3 and a bunch of links to Huffpost come up saying that more Americans should take statins. Complete bullshit.

insanelysane's picture

I feel badly for your mother-in-law because she lives and dies on these numbers that some greedy ass doctor working for pharma tells her are significant.  MDs are peddling crap and for the most part their patients want to be sick.  It provides an excuse for a bunch of bad behaviour.

Jon_Locke's picture

Cholesterol mainly builds up due to artery inflammation. Guess what causes that? regular intake of sugar and carbs as well as vegetable oils. Cut that crap out and your body gets significantly better within weeks.

Akzed's picture

Magnesium prevents this inflammation, no vacular swelling, no plaque buildup, no stroke or HA (makes you a well regulated guy too). My doctor read about the magnesium thing, said "Go for it."

I took (and still take) one tblspn of Bragg's Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar in water daily, for its antioxident benefit, and lost twelve lbs in a month. Down to my high school playin' weight. I had previously lost 45 lbs on the Atkins diet. Still have BP woes despite two meds.

DEMIZEN's picture

you can call me crazy but i take the 1st run showers with a mild solution of artificial sea water, i approximate it with epsom salt and betadyne. Skin is your largest organ and with mild daily disinfection you take a lot of pressure of your liver cell production and the rest of your system balance, it takes care of rashes dandruff or microwounds. you can do the same to your hot tub  ill assume you have pe tubing.

i also something drink a glass of epsom salt i am not sure if thats any good, some suggested as liver cleanser, but i find milk thistle is a better agent. 

Bai Suzhen's picture

Yeah...I definitely want to live longer, so our crap government can love me long time. 

RKae's picture

Your tax money is needed to buy prayer rugs for illiterate Muslims.

Get to work, damn it.

insanelysane's picture

As this sinks in I begin to wonder if it is a coordinated effort in order to let those humans that want to, to opt out of the labor force?  Not only are a new group of people in the high blood pressure group, but everyone that was already in the high pressure group are now in a higher pressure group.

dlfield's picture

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

...because they're drinkers...LOL

aeslong's picture

the greedy medical industries miscalculated obama insurance, and couldn't make any dime. Now they want to change standard to force to eat garbage medicine.

smacker's picture

The real issue here is not that ~100 million more people suddenly become eligible for blood pressure treatment following this announcement, but what the target measurement should be and this varies for age groups etc.

I'm no doctor but have had my own BP treated for decades to deal with Ischaemia and have always reckoned that anything around 120/80 at middle age is OK. Consistently higher readings are probably best treated either with life-style changes (exercise/diet etc) or medication.

I'd say that consistent readings of 130/90 is a tad high for most people but one must keep in mind that BP varies from hour-to-hour and day-to-day, so readings either need to be taken by a strap-on device over 24hrs or numerous times over a few days etc.

...just my opinion :-)

DeltaDawn's picture

Had dinner with a doctor the other night and she told me that they get bonuses for targets such as colonostomy, mamograms, flu shots.  This explains why doctors get visibly upset by some of my healthcare choices (like not participating in any of those services). 

RKae's picture

My best friend told me his mom was in the hospital over the weekend; says she had been "feeling horrible all day," and then had a siezure and passed out.

I asked if she had done anything odd that day. "Well, no, she just went and got a flu shot."

Mystery solved.

That stuff is vile. It's dangerous and it doesn't do jack shit to stop the flu.

Muirchertach's picture

Yet all the pharmacies are now giving it away for free; no charge for your annual slave mercury dose.

RedBaron616's picture

I can get it free from work. Never had it; Never will. Free bad medicine is not a bargain.

Refuse-Resist's picture

My childrens' doctoc makes robocalls to my house reminding me to get them flu shots. All the local drug stores have signs outside declaring "FLU SHOTS HERE".

After 4 years and constant nagging by wife, I went to see the GP last month.

When the nurse was taking my BP, she said "You need a flu shot". I said "No, I don't."

She says "Oh, ok no vaccines: and makes some notation in my file.

I don't trust doctors any more.