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Blood pressure drugs for mild hypertension: Not proven to prevent heart attacks, strokes, or early death


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Hypertension is one of those weird "diseases" because it doesn't actually kill you or even ruin your quality of life in most cases. VERY high blood pressure is statistically correlated with a lot of stuff that does kill you, like heart attacks and strokes. But most people don't have very high blood pressure; they have blood pressure that is just on or above some arbitrary point which moves up and down based on the whims of the medical gurus. At the moment high blood pressure is considered 120/80, a level which many Americans cannot achieve without multiple drugs. A few months ago, it was 140/90. Years before that, it was 160/100. But what if there turns out to be little benefit TO THE PATIENT to reducing blood pressure with drugs at the lower end of the range? And there turns out to be a lot of benefit TO THE DRUG COMPANIES to doing so?

"But what if there turns out to be little benefit TO THE PATIENT to reducing blood pressure with drugs at the lower end of the range?" — I say it's more then "if".

Marlene you think it's definitely the case?

Joyce it's the same way with prediabetes : The number was chosen somewhat arbitrarily, and recently the number was lowered to make many more people fall in thr prediabetec range. 

Hypertension is a strange disease because so many doctors are pushing medicine for it despite it being, as Joyce said, a symptom not a disease unto itself. 

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