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

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...

Comments

Manthong tmosley Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:29 Permalink

Cool… Can I get all the opioids I want now,,,,  ????      I'm really feeling hypertense and tendencies towards self-mutilation.... ..which means that if I was a bit younger the army would accept me now. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/12/army-lifts-ban-recruits-history-self-mutilation-other-mental-health-issues/853131001/ WT Flying F world am I living in anymoar    ?????

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Miffed Microbi… Ms. Erable Tue, 11/14/2017 - 20:28 Permalink

Statins reduce coenzyme Q10 in the body. What is critical for heart health? Coenzyme Q10.

There is no study that suggests statins prolong life or reduce the incidence of heart disease. I read one study that suggested there is had a small efficacy in men who had had a heart attack that reduced the likelihood of a second. Hardly worth foisting this poison on so many people who are unwittingly volunteering to be lab rats.

Miffed

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Manthong Lumberjack Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:34 Permalink

  Miffed… appreciate  your saged  wisdom….   But I am determined to self -determinate I am, shopping for a Wing Suit now.
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Kassandra Miffed Microbi… Wed, 11/15/2017 - 02:28 Permalink

"There is no study that suggests statins prolong life or reduce the incidence of heart disease."

Boom!

Absolutely correct. My Dear Husband has a genetic condition...his body creates bad LDL in spite of what he eats. First heart attack at 47. He's not fat..at all. Skinny all his life. We are doing all we can. His Grandfather died at 52 massive heart attack.

Dear Husband now has 4 stents.

Statins are NOT helping him, unless helping him consists of extreme muscle aches and dementia flavored brain fog. We are looking for other solutions. He has started a new injectable that is not a statin. Gets results next month.
We know there may not be any answers or cures. It is...what it is.

My chol is almost exactly the same as it was when I was 36. I am now 63. They tried to put me on statins...and I am called noncompliance patient as they make me sick as a dog and not taking that crap any more...even at low dose. My saving grace is I have an amazing breakdown.

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waspwench Dabooda Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:00 Permalink

And what is worse, they are going to use digital pills which will send an electronic signal when you take your meds.This means that if your doc is pushing some big pharma poison and you don't take it the doc will know.Well, I am sure we will all find a way to hack those digital pills.   We are nothing if not resourceful.

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Realname BLOTTO Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:00 Permalink

Only 3500?
Lightweight

On a side note I crushed my foot between a huge log (rolling downhill, no less) and the metal frame of the lift on the tractor. White Widow and some home made rum have been the best pain alleviators, as of yet. When I get back to walking Ill continue said regime for maintenance purposes, of course.

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ne14truth BLOTTO Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:38 Permalink

I have been baked for over 7300 days....I don't go to doctors, don't take their pills and I am healthy as an ox.....these people would make you believe that none of our ancestors lived past the age of 16 because they did not have any pills to SAVE them from all the horrible things living inside them that are all trying to kill them.

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jerry_theking_lawler BLOTTO Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:11 Permalink

Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium. Balance these out with some trace cofactors and lose ALL Other synthetic supplements....BP will come right in line, guaranteed. Our 'food' is not food any more....so restore the natural balance. Most doctors do not even know simple biochemistry...or do not condone it, and would prefer to treat your acute symtoms with pharma (aka $$) drugs. Our country is sad.

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Pope Clement Stuck on Zero Tue, 11/14/2017 - 20:37 Permalink

See Dr John Bergman on youTube. He shows how high BP is your body adapting to save your life; in most cases trying to get more oxygen to O2 depleted cells and mitochondria. So fix the causes for the poor oxygen utilization and if you want to live pay absolutely no attention to AMA and big pharma guidelines. They are the leading cause of unnatural death which is millions more than all the wars in USA history.

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