Intensive Blood Pressure Treatment Can Reduce Heart Attack Risk

Posted: Nov 10 2015, 3:10am CST | by , Updated: Nov 10 2015, 10:42pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

Intensive Blood Pressure Treatment Can Reduce Heart Attack Risk
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A new study suggests that intensive blood pressure treatment can reduce the risk of heart attack and can save many more lives.

The study published in New England Journal of Medicine suggests that heart disease and deaths associated with stroke will cut significantly if people aim for 120 or less blood pressure which is below than the commonly recommended target.

The study showed massive difference in health of those patients who targeted below 120 rather than widely recommended below 140 blood pressure.

For the study, more than 9,000 people (aged 50 or more) were tracked for one year and less heart attacks and deaths were noticed among those patients whose doctor aimed to get 120mm in blood pressure reading. Precisely, risk of heart attack reduced to nearly a third and deaths were cut by a quarter in patients with lower blood pressure.

The benefits of aggressive blood pressure treatment were remarkable though they came at the expense of some health issues. An increased risk of fainting, too low blood pressure and acute kidney injury/kidney failure was also observed in patients who underwent intensive blood pressure treatment.

“It’s a great study that provides evidence that some people should consider a lower target blood pressure than has been previously recommended. But there are lots of caveats and people should not panic if their blood pressure is above 120. Yale cardiologist Harlan Krumholz, who was not involved in the study, said.

High blood is a major issue of concern in American adults. Almost 29% U.S. adults have high blood pressure – that is 1 of 3 every adult. Only half of them are able to keep their blood pressure under control. The high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke

The new study can potentially be a game changer but people can be reluctant as many risks are also associated with it.

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