From Medscape CME:
May 28, 2009-Blood-pressure-lowering drugs should be offered to everyone, regardless of their blood pressure level, as a safeguard against coronary heart disease and stroke, researchers who conducted a meta-analysis of 147 randomized trials (comprising 958,000 people) conclude in the May 19 issue of BMJ .
"Guidelines on the use of blood-pressure-lowering drugs can be simplified so that drugs are offered to people with all levels of blood pressure," write Drs Malcolm R Law and Nicholas Wald (Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, UK). "Our results indicate the importance of lowering blood pressure in everyone over a certain age, rather than measuring it in everyone and treating it in some."
full piece: http://cme.medscape.com/viewarticle/703463?src=cmenews
Is it just me, or does this sound like yet another "study" funded by a drug company?
Quote from fairycari
if people would get off their butts and try to control their blood pressure with diet and exercise first and their physicians actually spent the time to explain to them that this would actually work if they *actually* did it.
i am 5'6, 128 pounds. i do not eat candy, chips, cookies, pasta or any processed foods. i eat fish at least 4 times a week. salt has never been a part of my diet, i am a 'health nut'.
i do 1 full hour of cardio on the elliptical at the gym 6 days a week, and do weight training for another 45minutes to an hour 3-4 days a week.
boy was i shocked when my bp was 190/110.
that was back in 2007, and i have had the same good diet and exercise pattern for years.
you do not have to be overweight and inactive to have hbp, it can be caused by genetic predisposition.
i take bp meds.
i certainly agree. i apologize that i overgeneralized. i worked with someone who ran four times a week, never smoked, eat crazy healthy and had hypertension anyway. he also had a genetic predisposition. my stepmother is much the same way, eating a tablespoon of cinnamon a day with no measurable difference in her bp.
again, i am sorry that i left my qualifier out. no offense intended. i am aware that not everyone is lucky enough to escape hypertension regardless of what they do. i intended to qualify with the word first in my original post, "....with diet and exercise first..."
Last edit by VICEDRN on Jun 4, '09