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High BP May Not Be All That Bad After All, Study Reveals

High BP May Not Be All That Bad After All, Study Reveals

Hypertension is always considered as a trait for several negative health conditions like diabetes, heart-related issues, and many other metabolic problems. But, in a recent study by the researchers of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has found that high blood pressure might not be a risk factor for the health of any person and also it is beneficial for some people aged over 80.

High blood pressure is so common these days that the majority of people suffer from it in every corner of the world. Different organizations define high blood pressure with different numbers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention UK considers the systole of high blood pressure with 120-139mm Hg while National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute considers it at 140mm Hg. Healthcare professionals ask their patients of high blood pressure to keep a track on their levels regularly so that any stroke or other severe conditions can be prevented before they reach the threshold.

However, the study conducted by the researchers of Charité has mentioned their findings in the European Heart Journal. They tracked the statistics of 1,628 candidates with an average age of 81 years which was started from 2009 and continued it for a further 6 years. They assessed the data by questioning the participants at an interval of every two years about their blood pressure level, their lifestyle, sex life, BMI, drug intake and other health conditions.

They concluded that people above 80 years with lower blood pressure levels had 40% more health risk conditions than those who had higher levels. They also added that people having cardiovascular conditions have lower levels of blood pressure and such people have 61% more chances of death than people with higher blood pressure. Dr. Antonios Douros, the first study author stated that these results clearly show that the dose of antihypertensive drugs should be given according to the need of the patient’s health and health professionals should overcome the traditional approach of antihypertensive treatment.

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