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.

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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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quasi_verbatim's picture

Everyone with a pulse oughta be on statins.

 -- AMA.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Anyone who pushes that poison should be jailed!

The One...'s picture

The whole freaking AMA!!! Lock them up!

ItsAllBollocks's picture

... and, knowing the general public will complain bitterly about having to part with more of their hard earned money to cover the costs of this new medication, the AMA is aware that, like everything else, the public will comply with whatever they are told to do because that is the American way.

VWAndy's picture

 Turn off the telly folks. You will eventually wake up.

 Its not high blood presure Im just pissed off.

AgAuSkeptic's picture

Here are 174medications ranked from best to worst to treat high BP. The best is baldness medicine Rogaine (which also gives you a bit of a stubble on the head!)

https://www.rxrankings.com/datatable/default/diseaseinfo/High@Blood@Pressure@(Hypertension)

The One...'s picture

Wasn't there one that caused spontaneous orgasms? I want to be on that one. Got the rubber panties all lined up from Amazon... lol

amadeus39's picture

That's reasonable. When I started to go bald, the stress caused my bp to sky rocket.

 

Rock On Roger's picture

Booze significantly affects my blood pressure. Now I don't drink for a week before I see the doctor. Better to find the cause of higher blood pressure and eliminate it rather than take a fucking pill that causes more problems.

 

What a frikking joke, get your free flu shot. Be a compliant sheeple. Sorry but I'll take the flu and probably have a better chance of being not so sick.

 

Greedy fuckers just want more of your money...

The One...'s picture

The one and only time in my life I got the flu was after they injected it into me with a fucking syringe. The company I worked for at the time offered it to us for free. Ten of us took them up on it and eight of us got the flu. Two of them went to hospital for complications like pneumonia. No one else got the flu but us eight fools who took the poison. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!!! NEVER AGAIN!  

bunnyswanson's picture

The buzz we have after drinking/recreational drugs is an allergic reaction to toxins.

Rex Andrus's picture

Dayum! The companies employing 30 million capital assets just had the goal posts moved on their group discount rates precisely at the beginning of annual open enrollment. Employees are monetarilly rewarded to be tested like lab rats so the companies can get a better rate, but what the vultures do is use bogus metrics like this to add penalties for the "poor health" of their capital assets. Never fear, the consumers will eat this shit too. Thanks, pinkertons! No more arbitrary lab tests scabs!

Golden Phoenix's picture

Take a look at the Inuit. When they spent their days gorging on fish, whale meat, and blubber they were robustly healthy. When the government came in with free rations of sugar and flour their life expectancy dropped by half. When carb intake is low the body burns fat including undesirable blood lipids such as cholesterol. That's why people who eschew carbs in favor of fat typically have lower cholesterol. 

Radical Pragmatist's picture

And as a double whammy, docs love to prescribe non-invasive diagnostics because they are cash cows with no risk to the patient.

Even though the generic anti-hypertensive drugs are cheap, the docs will also now prescribe a boatload more office visits simply to check BP and charge the patients $150 a pop, (cardiologists: $300) for a 5 minute visit, adding more BILLIONS to the cost of health care.

RedBaron616's picture

Everyone is a doctor on here. Take this. Take that. Too funny.

Fundies's picture

Oh....don't forget the Viagra so you'll have a massive chub on.

WFO's picture

Everyone has a body, it's not like we're talking about a foreign subject. You're either tuned in, or you're not.

bunnyswanson's picture

Took HRT (hormone replacement therapy) for 2 years, tumor developed in breast, stopped HRT, waited 3 months (getting 3 opinions) and each imaging study showed my tumor shrinking.  By time it was removed, the cells were "nearly indolent" and tumor had shrunk for 2 cm to 1.5 cm.  I refused chemo and the 3 opinions were because refusing placed me on "noncompliant patient" status.  Had studies shipped to John Hopkins and had cells sent to lab for testing in San Francisco, finally, after refinancing my house, they agreed.  This was eleven years ago.

sTls7's picture

Good job on your part, smart that you stopped the HRT. It's a vicious cycle with big pharma, as one drug creates other health problems that need other drugs that doctors will prescribe without hestitation, one drug after another, sickening. If you can don't take any drugs. 

Good job, pat yourself on the back. Smart!  

sTls7's picture

You have to be your own Dr. you had better know about health, and just about everything else, laws, cars, computers...  etc as many of these people in these professions really don't know that much. Always do your research.  Get second and third opinions. 

RKae's picture

They drive their own cars too. Better put a stop to that!

Personal responsibility makes it tough to control people.

el buitre's picture

Even with the BS, you are more likey to get the truth and good leads to your health issues here than in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Little to no multi-billion dollar conflict of interest.  You got street pushers and MD pushers.  Usually the street pushers are more honest or at least less hypocritical.

vegas's picture

Lisinipril [I think that's how you spell it, but in any event, I'm close] = most popular BP medicine, that comes from poisonous snake venom that paralyzes your blood vessels. Yea, I'll take that sure ... what a fucking joke the medical community is, hyping BP shit when practically no doctor can tell you what causes it ... we'll just "band-aid" over it with this snake shit alright? Leave it to big pharma to push this shit on the public, where we are all customers.

 

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bunnyswanson's picture

Friend's mother decided to end her life so stopped her HBP meds without a wean.  She was a nurse.  These doctors are failing us.

amadeus39's picture

I don't understand? Whose life? The doctor's? Is she now enjoying a long and happy life?

 

DaBard51's picture

"Take two tablets and see me in the morning"

--God, to Moses (date uncertain; but a long time ago)

 

 

 

When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

pawn's picture

There is also L O W blood pressure ever heard of that condition?

The One...'s picture

I cure that condition with bacon... Lots of bacon. 

Ink Pusher's picture

They'll never publish the fact that weed lowers blood pressure...

The One...'s picture

It lowers mine and keeps me from violently killing people who would otherwise piss me off... ;-)

amadeus39's picture

Smoking weed makes you stupid as well. Have you ever tried having a sensible conversation with weed wank?

 

 

Ink Pusher's picture

The only stupid commentary thus far on this thread is coming directly and exclusively from YOU. 

amadeus39's picture

Or that it lowers the number of brain cells dramatically as well.

 

Ink Pusher's picture

Hasn't diminished my IQ or higher reasoning capabilities over the past 40+ years. Keep sucking back that alcohol it's doing wonders for you!

 

abgary1's picture

End obesity, diabetes and all the issues associated with by eliminating sugar and simple carbs from our diet.

Read the Great Cholesterol Myth by Dr. Bowden.

east of eden's picture

Yeah, they had me on a statin as well, but it never did control a damned thing. As it turns out, YOU NEED SATURATED FAT, so the goofs that are sitting at lunch with a salad of spinach and boiled chicken are actually killing themselves, slowly, as with all Jew recipes for the destruction of the Goyim.

GoyimUprising's picture

Statins do nothing and are actually harmful. It was a scam by big pharma. Add healthy fats to your diet like coconut and olive oil. Eakimos eat whale blubber and have some of the highest intakes of sat fat and the lowest instances of heart disease.

 

amadeus39's picture

By all means, don't add Jews to your diet!

 

east of eden's picture

Well, this is a topic that is very germain to my present situation. At my age, I seem to be going through a period where my BP is kind of out of control. Some days it is as high as 170/85, others it is 135/72. I seem to remember my father went through the same issues for a few years when he turned into his late 60s' (although he ended up living to 85), therefore, I conlcude that not only is BP a function of the elasticity of your arteries and veins, but probably has a lot to do with hormones, as well.

The best information I can find, is that for anyone over the age of 60, an 'optimal' BP reading would be 140/80. Now that doesn't mean that if you have a home meter and check it regularly that it will always be in that range. It could be higher, or lower, depending on your level of relaxation, whether or not you have had a coffee or a cigarette before the reading was taken, and of course, the level of stress in your iife, which today, is a huge factor.

There are a lot of options that people have available to them, but most won't ask or even realize it. I just completed getting off of 4 medications that the 'high priests' had me on for over 30 years (operating on a totally erroneous diagnosis that they never even apologized for), so I am definitely NOT interested in getting involved in another prescription medication regime, especially something that involves snake venom. 

For christs sake. What people need is simple. Good healthy food, clean water, fresh air, a moderate amount of exercise, a predictable life path and a hell of a lot less of the bullshit that is being perpetrated by, guess who? Zionazi doctors who need to fill the hole left by the collapse of multi-billion dollar Statin medication industry.

Would you trust a Jew to be your doctor. I wouldn't.

Fucking Jews. There are only about 65 million of them left. Let's finish the job once and for all.

GoyimUprising's picture

A predictable life path? I have an extremely unpredictable.life path which has contributed to me being able to handle high stress situations without a care in the world. My blood pressure and stress levels are low.

Agree about the Jews though.

east of eden's picture

YEs, and so was I, until about the age of 60. I can honestly tell you that I have experienced more extreme stress in my life than 100 'ordinary' people ever do. The problem occurs when your body starts to take on a mind of it's own. Then it becomes quite a dance to try to keep things in order.

But, there is nothing wrong with suggesting a reduction in stress. WHo needs it?

amadeus39's picture

Can I suggest getting rid of your body? Suicide is painless some say. You know you are using up resources that others might better use. Don't be so selfish. Give your space to those younger and more in need of it. It's the only right thing to do.

 

 

Fundies's picture

Could I suggest those with high BP, look into a natural vitamin, K2 Mk 7. Most people get none in their diet. It is required to "direct" calcium in the diet into the bones, and not the soft tissue and arteries. So arterial calcification causes stiffened arteries and associated issues. You also get strong teeth and bones as a result of supplementation with this vitamin and low dose vitamin D....get your calcium from natural sources not super dose tablets. Since I've been taking this for the last couple of years, my blood pressure is consistently around 120/70,?and my teeth are shiny healthy and strong, plaque buildup is massively reduced, I simply don't need to go to the dentist anymore ( save $$$$$ ). Not a super cheap vitamin....but one that science says does make a difference.

Spectre's picture

You also need at a minimum 10,000 IU of D3 to make K2 work,  These need to be taken right after food with some fat, as both pills are fat soluable.

Fundies's picture

No, vitamin D ( not that much needed ) works with vitamin K2 Mk7 and calcium and vitamin A. Read about it, many cardiologists are now waking up to this important vitamin. Once people got it from grass fed meat and dairy, but much of this is grain fed now and devoid of this vitamin.

Spectre's picture

I'm more than familiar with K2 & D3.  You need both IMHO and 10,000 is not high.

amadeus39's picture

How can you be certain that eliminating jews will lower your blood pressure. I understand that for you they create a lot of stress, and I'm not a doctor and I haven't slept in a Holiday Inn is a while, but i would advise you to stay away from anyone and any thing that can remotely be construed as jewish.

 

GoyimUprising's picture

Good thing I don't go to the doctors.