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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Muirchertach's picture

Doctors have no nutritional training whatsoever, not even one course. While they may be good for treatment depending on what you have, their professional opinion is often worthless when it comes to prevention and ongoing health (unless they have educated themselves against what they have been taught, which is that only synthetic, patentable, banker-owned drugs can prevent, cure, and treat illness).

MrBoompi's picture

I have high blood pressure and have been on meds for decades.  This is good for me because many family members died from strokes and heart attacks.  It's hard for me to avoid stress because of my job and family life.  My diet is not perfect, although I do tend not to eat out very much.  Maybe retirement will help.  I've tried to get off the meds but that doesn't work for me.  The crazy thing is my "normal" blood pressure now, being on meds, is 135/85.  I wonder if my doctor will be upping my doses?  

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Anonymous IX's picture

MrBoompi:  if you would like, please research how to lower your blood pressure via diet on web.  The stories are in the thousands.  You need special help to do so while staying on your medication as a doctor sympathetic to this approach weens you off the meds.  I know at least a dozen people in my own life with nearly lifelong high blood pressure who have successfully treated their high blood pressure with diet and been able to discontinue the meds.  Good luck!

bloofer's picture

Weirdly, my blood pressure dropped like a rock, to the very minimum numbers, after taking a daily tablespoon of chia seed. Before that, I had been on meds for slightly high blood pressure.

Two Theives and a Liar's picture

1 Year ago:

I weighed 210. BP 140/100 and doc was threatening meds.

" No way will I take a statin doc!" 

"Well you better do something."

Bought an elliptical the next day. Stopped eating carbs.


I weigh 187. BP 118/78. Cholesterol 155.

Doc gave me a fist bump and said: "Yeah, diet and exercise..amazing isn't it?"

DEMIZEN's picture

is not just excercise and weight per se. excretion of sodium via sweat drives your pressure.

WillyGroper's picture

what's never mentioned is that "runs in the fambly" has more to do with the diet/choices & how you learned to cook FROM your fambly.

another thing these doctor gods have no clue about is EMF.  5 scripts by age 50...that's exactly what they tried to pull on me.


pages 7-11.  search NMRI 1972.


Son of Captain Nemo's picture


Big Pharma "strikes" and "wins" again!

Hkan's picture

When are people gonno understand eating habits?


Only way to gain health.

Your body isnt designed for huge amounts of carbs. It slowely killing ur body.

Hi Carbs combined with fat. Kill U.

Fat combined with low amounts of carbs like small amounts of fruits and tons of vegtables is what our body is designed to eat.

Eat shit and die.....ur choice.


RKae's picture

And stay the hell away from sugar. One biggie I learned is that fruit juice is garbage. It was beat into my head forever that it's healthy, and that's utter nonsense. It's fructose being shot straight into your system.

Eat whole fruit instead. The fiber in the fruit will mitigate the fructose as it goes through you.

Videos by Robert Lustig are really good.

Muirchertach's picture

Sugar (or high glycemic carbs like bread, which are effectively sugar) fuels cancer and is one of the primary drivers of heart disease (since high blood glucose scars the arteries). Add in sugary drink, processed meats and pasterurized dairy with pre-oxidized cholesterol and your lunch is a triple whammy deathwich. Cut out wheat, sugar, soy (mostly GMO, estrogenic), corn (mostly GMO) and processed meats and minimize dairy and I guarantee your health and blood numbers will improve dramatically. People need to break their bad habits and stop eating like picky 5 year olds. While I partake on occasion, all the American staples are basically poisonous (cheeseburgers, cereal and milk, PB&J or GMO soy mayo, mac and cheese).

Palerider1861's picture

Also Dr Eric Berg...his book "The Seven Principles of Fat Burning" got me started with keto, and what a difference it has made. It took me a solid month on LCHF eating before I saw results with ketostrips, then losing 50 lbs in 10 months. Added bonus, I had more energy during the day, and slept better at night. Keto forever!

insanelysane's picture

Same crap with the BMI charts.  My BMI weight should be 125 to 165.  I was 215 in college and worked as a life guard swimming every day.  A bit over 215 now but still rock solid legs, arms, and chest.  Every try helping these skinny, fit people move furniture at their house?  They are huffing and puffing.  Need breaks.  Etc.

Rex Andrus's picture

Look up the BMI formula. Its so ambiguous even a mood ring is more accurate.

youngman's picture

This should be good for lowering Obamacare costs.....your policy costs should drop by half now...problem solved....lol...

zrussell's picture

The days of voluntary medical participation are almost over. 


Each citizen will be issued a Fitbit (mandatory wearing) and prescribed pharma for anything that falls below the threshold of the 40 diagnostic level minimums. Digital pills (released today) will report if they were properly and timely consumed. Violation will be met with fines and punishment- by the medical police.

Arrow4Truth's picture

Trying your hand at fiction? Would make a good "B" movie.

cherry picker's picture

I would rather drop dead from high blood pressure than have to go through alzheimers or dementia or in a veg state when I am old.

There is a purpose to death, means our time here is done.

Why people wish to extend it to over 100 years as a wrinkled, dried up caricature of what they once were is beyond me.

Anyway, this is a money grab.  Once you're on those meds, they got you hooked for life.  That is a nice annuity for those wrting, filling and making drugs.

Most people I know are on blood pressure medication.  Doesn't anyone ever question that?  Everyone with the same disease you can't feel or see?


RKae's picture

But, come on! Cosmo already has their articles planned for "How to have great sex at 100!"

Ms No's picture

I agree. I don't want to see the diaper years either but most of the reason why people have dementia is due to the cholesterol myth (they starve old people of the lipids their brains are made of) and aluminum.  All over Arizona right now:  "Get your flu and shingles shots!"  It's gross when it's in the grocery stores.  It would be nice if they could inject idiots with virus and adjuvants somewhere else.  I used to work at a mine where the first cases of flue began within two weeks of the free flu vaccine vaccinated people were sick and spreading it.  They claim the virus is dead which we have no choice to take their word for, and if that is the case the adjuvants run people down enough to catch it shortly after.  My least favorite of all the assholes that always got it had caught mono the year before, still got the shot again and got sick.  Then they say it just appears that way because they time the vaccines before the sicknesses are always going to hit.  I don't know about that.  They claim it's the birds that bring it.

These people just killed two million in the ME so.... 

I personally love the shingles vaccine side affects warning:

"May cause shingles or chicken pox, vomiting, trouble breathing and swallowing."  ROFL




oneshot2shots's picture

There is a purpose to death, means our time here is done.

Why people wish to extend it to over 100 years as a wrinkled, dried up caricature of what they once were is beyond me.

Well if you utilize yoga, meditation, the technology that the friendly aliens (billions of them) are going to give us in the next 10 years, advanced spiritual practices and the like, there is no real reason to get old or wrinkled or decrepit.

Alzheimers, cancer, Parkinsons etc are by design, and not natural. Most people have no idea what real health is, due to systematic poisioning, combined with extreme laziness.

While our time may run its course, we might as well see what this super health/enlightenment fiasco is all about. Why not? We have all the time in the world, and it could be fun.


Shed Boy's picture

The medical industry is no longer in the business of making people healthy. Their aim is to make everybody sick or think they are sick so they can cash in. There are enough stupid people here in America that will see this report and immediately seek medical attention. the blood pressure meds must flow.

8iron's picture

OMG, my old pharma lobbyist buddies are at it again.  

SIMPLE ADVICE:  Walking into exam room RAISES your BP.  And what is the first thing the nurse does...vitals.

DO NOT ALLOW YOUR BP to be taken for 3-5 min of sitting, MINIMUM.  DO NOT cross your legs (raises BP).  Test your BP (if high) at home or outside the doc office BEFORE you take any meds --you may have "white coat syndrome"--your BP goes up in a doc office.  Obviously, adjust diet. Take a Magnesium (Mg) supplement (Mg relaxes your blood vessels) and is a vital mineral.

All these are well established facts yet frikkin pharma says "write a Rx".   

francis scott falseflag's picture

Oh, they did the same thing to blood sugar 20 years ago.  The dropped normal blood sugar

range down from 110 to 99 and millions of more Americans were suddenly were pre-diabetic.

They had to change their diets and excercise more and TEST THEIR BLOOD SUGAR 3 or 4

times a day.  Which requires buying a test meter and 100 test strips a month.

WillyGroper's picture

had an aunt treated for decades as a diabetic & w/cholesteral meds.  after the damage was done, she died of alzheimers.

learned from a link posted by Cathy O'neill the meters for glucose testing have a +-30 error rate.  REALLY?

some diabetics adjust their insulin by carb intake rather that 1 size fits all.

this whole medical industrial complex needs to be strung up with the pedos.

francis scott falseflag's picture

testing blood sugar has been a help for diabetics whether or not there is a +or- 30 error rate.

The meter tells you if you're way over or way under, and that is positive for controlling your

blood sugar. If you are always too high or too low your doc will tell you what you are doing wrong.  

Yes, it's expensive but it helps you keep in control.  Walmart has a $10 meter and 100 strips

are $17.  After a few years you figure it out.  High blood sugar takes a long time to harden your

arteries.  meanwhile you're exercising more, limiting your portions, and eating better.

purdySun's picture

Believe AMA also re-figured cholesterol levels in 2001 for benefit of their Big Pharma buddies. Had an older dr who felt the new lower #s for treatment were bogus. Bring on the notorious, and highly-profitable, Statin Drugs!!

rz the other's picture

They did this shit the last time I went in for my DOT when I started this job in '05.

I was 150/100 or something like that, and they said it was a bit high because they had just lowered the standards to 140/whatever.

So I asked them what the standard was before that, and I was right in the range for my age.

Haven't been back since. Over the last year or so, I dropped about 40lbs, and I weigh less now than I did when I got out of high school.

I have another 5-10 to go, and then I'll be working to build up flexibility and muscle.

The old harley seems a bit heavier than it used to.

I ain't going to the damn doctor until they scrape me off a highway somewhere, or I go out screaming in a pile of hot brass.

Keep reloading......

Nunyadambizness's picture

Big pharma isn't making enough money, so the AMA had to get involved.


Fuck 'em all.

Captain Nemo de Erehwon's picture

Here's why: Pharma needs more profits.

MuffDiver69's picture

I’ve been cruising at 110/70 since college. That’s almost thirty years of physicals..Every male on my fathers side going back to grandfather with regular testing is similiar. It’s a family joke.. I could careless about others health and having a comprehensive metabolic panel(blood test) done once a year and knowing how to read it is simple as shit and you can find out on line if you care..I have a good doctor, but many are getting screwed, so swallow up you fat slobs..

blueskyranch's picture

This is an article on how medical and pharma are coluding to bilk the populaton. If we wanted know your family medical history, we would have asked your pompous ass how you are doing. I guess IQ is not part of your metabolic panel? Flat line...


overmedicatedundersexed's picture

mg ox 400mg daily..vit d3, exercise, eat freg but small amounts, have and enjoy a hobby, stay married, stay alert, no iphone gaze..bp varies with activity.. medicine is setting standards lower and lower..leads to elderly over medicated and falls/sycope..as blood flow to brain is reduced with too many bp meds.

(some may ask why mgox? ..every acute mi patient gets iv magnesium, cause they all have low levels of mg ..mg relaxes our circulatory system)

weight loss is big factor in lowering bp and avoiding DM...so stop the hand to mouth disease

I Write Code's picture

Try some of the other Mg's, the absorption from MgO is really low.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

yep but cheap, so take 2..but mg is mg anyway you get it..

RussianSniper's picture

Only a matter of time before we are told we're all retarded, and need to take more meds.

paint it red call it hell's picture

And not only is your BP needing treatment, your probably depressed and need a mood stabilizer.....

Fuck em, I'd rather not be bummed out and take my chances rather than allopathic medicine's word on treatment for the flavor of the month boogie man disease.

Refuse-Resist's picture

They ask: Are there firearms in your house?

Then: here, you need this flu shot.


Errr um, no thank you.

bornlastnight's picture

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

Perhaps this will explain why:

"New Blood Pressure Numbers: 130 Is Now High, Doctors Say
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The bar for what's considered "high blood pressure" just got lowered, meaning millions more Americans will now be classified as having the condition, according to new guidelines from several leading groups of heart doctors." https://www.livescience.com/60928-new-blood-pressure-guidelines.html

This means more moola for big Pharma and doctors.

semperfi's picture

so your Dr will prescribe opiods - tell you to shove 2 up your ass and call him in morning - when he will tell you to shove 3 up your ass.....

gdpetti's picture

Sheeple 'health care'.... same with their educations, govts, media, entertainment, religions etc.... all a test to see how many can wake up in time to make a difference, in their lives and their nation.

Xscream's picture

If they change the cdl blood pressure test to 130/80 a lot of drivers are going to be in trouble, including me. 140/90 to pass now

bankonzhongguo's picture

The real story here is the methodical removal of normal and customary heart meds from medicare and supplemental formularies.

It will take decades to uncover, but the open secret on "kill-care" is to hasten the death of older-sicker people.

If you are over 40 you will see less cancer screenings and the push-out of medical solutions for palliative (pain) care.

Last year's 6 month reduction in American life expectancy is a testament to this killing-floor.

Statistically, not much different that Nazi extermination camps - except maybe that you are actually paying for it.


Snaffew's picture

have you gone to any sort of medical clinic lately...the parking lots are full and people covered under insurance practically live in these medical offices because going to the doctor for what "ails" them gives purpose to their lives.  The insured are the biggest wasters of medical care and they are the primary drivers to soaring medical costs.  95 percent of the people who go to the doctor for health problems and prescriptions don't actually need this shit.  It's life, the body breaks down a bit and you deal with it.  These habitual visitors to the medical establishment are fucking pathetic.  Change your lifestyle----eat healthy and exercise and suck it up if you have a sniffle or a sore knee.  $22k a year for a family health insurance plan is ridiculous.

Rex Andrus's picture

Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.

Walking is a man's best medicine.

If you are not your own doctor, you are a fool.

Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.


wdg's picture

I am in the middle of an excellent book written by an experienced and very knowledgeable doctor on the relationship between Big Pharma and doctors, particularly with regard to research funding, drug testing, medical journals, doctor education and medical schools (“Doctors in Denial: Why Big Pharma and the Canadian medical profession are too close for comfort” by Joel Lexchin . To put it in a nutshell, most GPs, oncologists and other doctors are little more than legalized drug pushers for Big Pharma. What we have is a very corrupt medical-pharmaceutical complex that is not concerned with health but about promoting sickness and expensive drugs…all done with the blessing of governmental “health” agencies.  The direct cost of Big Pharma in terms of drugs is small compared to the damage done to our physical and mental human health.

Hapa's picture

This entire society needs a reset.  We are so far out of wack, so unable to see the forest for the trees, that I have come to the unhappy conclusion that it would be better for Russia to nuke us and start over.   We are beyond redemption without a major culling and reset.

whatswhat1@yahoo.com's picture
Is L citrulline good for high blood pressure?

L-citrulline boosts nitric oxide production in the body. Nitric oxide helps your arteries relax and work better, which improves blood flow throughout your body. ... Evidence suggests the supplement could possibly help lower blood pressure in people with prehypertension.


I dumped my poison Big Pharma meds and switch to citrulline.  I'm feeling a whole lot better.