Skip to comments.Millions could go off blood pressure meds
Posted on 03/29/2014 6:57:54 PM PDT by kingattax
Washington (AFP) - One in four American adults over 60 being treated for high blood pressure could go off their medication under recent guidelines issued in the United States, a study said Saturday.
The changes, which stirred controversy in the medical community, could mean nearly six million may no longer need drugs to control their blood pressure, Duke University researchers said in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The findings are the first to analyze the impact of 2014 guidelines that raised blood pressure targets to 150/90, instead of the previous goal of 140/90, in adults age 60 and older.
"Raising the target in older adults is controversial, and not all experts agree with this new recommendation," said lead author Ann Marie Navar-Boggan, a cardiology fellow at the Duke University School of Medicine.
"In this study, we wanted to determine the number of adults affected by these changes."
The guidelines were issued by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.
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Funny how all these studies are endorsing reduce levels of care.
“In this study, we wanted to determine the number of adults affected by these changes.”
By the number of oldsters that suddenly die off, getting them off government roles.
People cannot die early if they are on bp meds.
>>Funny how all these studies are endorsing reduce levels of care.
Are they reducing levels to satisfy the government now? Or did they increase the levels to the point of ridiculousness in the past to satisfy the pharmaceutical companies?
Beta blockers are very cheap, safe, and have been proven to reduce the risk and slow the advancement of hypertensive disease.
Gee. Women don’t need mammograms. People don’t need blood pressure meds. Not since Obeymecare came along. What a funny coincidence.
Heh...now watch the oldsters live longer without the medicine.
I’m 60 and between those two numbers. I take BP medication and will continue to do so. I enjoy not having headaches. It’s $10/3 month. Well worth it.
bp meds cause enough bad problems on their own.
Well since some of the studies are for things that don’t involve drugs I’d say it doesn’t involve the drug companies.
“Gee. Women dont need mammograms. People dont need blood pressure meds. Not since Obeymecare came along. What a funny coincidence.”
Ditto for screening PSA blood tests for Prostate Cancer. The Half-Breed is doing all he can to have us older folks move over and make room for “his people.”
Basic diuretics are cheaper yet.
My bp is not all that high untreated (about 140/95), but if I don’t take the meds, I get a heart murmur. So, I take them.
I remember my mother was in the hospital for a week when she had my little brother....a whole week....
>>Well since some of the studies are for things that dont involve drugs Id say it doesnt involve the drug companies.
Some...yes. But what about the statins, BP drugs, anti-depressants, ADD/ADHD drugs, etc? Almost everyone is on at least one of those, and there’s a smokin’ hot pharmaceutical rep clip-clopping in to the doctor’s office on her impossibly high heels almost every time I’m in the waiting room.
Beta blockers and some diuretics have been linked to the development of diabetes.
I’m sticking with my ACE inhibitor and calcium channel blocker. And I am not going off them when I hit sixty.
Hospitals were a much different breed when our mothers delivered. I stayed 2 nights after each of mine. I was more than ready to leave by then!
This is beyond ridiculous. Just a way to avoid providing needed treatment under Obamacare.