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Guidelines on Blood Pressure Eased
Wall Street Journal ^
| RON WINSLOW
Posted on 12/19/2013 5:45:43 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
New guidelines published Wednesday for the treatment of high blood pressure take a step back from the long-standing position that lower is always better when managing hypertension, raising the level at which people age 60 and over should start taking medication.
For many patients, the recommendations by an expert panel could simplify what is often a complicated effort to get blood pressure under control, especially those who take multiple pills to treat several chronic ailments, researchers said.
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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bloodpressure; deathpanels; drugs; obamacare
Don't worry, Gramps. The experts have spoken. You don't need that expensive med. Take a pain pill.
Got death panels?
Right after the Death Panel Law was signed, “experts” said women do not need to get annual mammograms.
Suddenly, in more than one area, it seems older Americans do not need as much health care.....what a coincidence.
No more mammography.
No more PSAs.
No more treating early cancers.
No more treating borderline hypertension.
No more seeing a doc that day, that week, or that month.
This is not medicine. In any way, shape, or form.
Funny how everything to help old people (above age 40!!!) is being relaxed since Obamacare. Almost seems like a plot.
posted on 12/19/2013 5:54:32 AM PST
(12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
Actually, in this case I am fairly certain the targets needed to be returned to the old standards, there seems to have been a push on in recent years to try to get every American to take chronic medications for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. I have a brother in law in his late seventies who was told by his doctor that he needed to get his blood pressure down to 100/60. I am not a physician but I know that that is absurd, he may as well have told him to start drinking a case of beer a day, it would have made just as much sense.
posted on 12/19/2013 5:54:37 AM PST
(The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
So who is the "expert panel" that developed these new guidelines?
"The recommendations were developed by a group called the Eighth Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure."
Reading into the middle of the article:
"Raising the target to 150 for older patients drew concern in an editorial accompanying the guidelines' publication in JAMA. Eric Peterson, a cardiologist at Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham N.C., and two other experts noted that 10 millimeters of mercury difference in the top blood-pressure reading is associated with a significant difference in risk of serious cardiovascular events. One study found that lowering the number to 143 from 155 for five years led to a 32% reduction in heart attacks and other cardiovascular events."
Reading to the end of the article:
"Unlike the cholesterol guidelines, which were developed by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association and sanctioned by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the blood pressure document didn't involve the professional societies. Nor was it vetted by the NHLBI.
As a result, a senior NHLBI researcher chose to remove his name as an author of the guidelines before their publication, said Michael Lauer, director of cardiovascular sciences at NHLBI. He said collaboration involving professional societies was necessary to produce "highest quality" guidelines. The text of the guidelines noted the decision of the NHLBI author to remove his name from the document"
posted on 12/19/2013 5:57:27 AM PST
(Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
Look at the bright side, the Death Panels are great for Soc Sec and Medicare.
posted on 12/19/2013 6:01:12 AM PST
(Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
posted on 12/19/2013 6:05:01 AM PST
(Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
They were wrong about eggs and salt, too.
posted on 12/19/2013 6:07:07 AM PST
(All your database are belong to us.)
Annual checkups? Pfft! Every five years should be ok? And those pesky colonoscopies? Save yourself the discomfort. Every 10 or 15 years should be fine.
Ha...exercise and healthy diet...with breathing exercises I can get my BP down to 100.....still working full time at 70.
posted on 12/19/2013 6:53:44 AM PST
(OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
, “raising the level at which people age 60 and over should start taking medication.”
The first step in rationing is propaganda. The first step
in eugenics is managing death.
posted on 12/19/2013 7:37:55 AM PST
“Look at the bright side, the Death Panels are great for Soc Sec and Medicare.”
Na. They will need those people for a while. I think they
will use the voter data base for now. How you vote may
determine how long you are allowed to live.
Just like with cops and
“be polite, do as the officer says and don’t ridicule
condemn or complain, your life depends on it”
It will be
“vote liberal communist, your life depends on it”
posted on 12/19/2013 7:47:29 AM PST
We all saw this coming.
Manage health costs by lowering standards.
posted on 12/19/2013 8:07:30 AM PST
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