Blood Pressure Drugs Recommended for All with Heart Risk
Blood pressure drugs are already saving lives, and they have the potential to save millions more -- including those who don’t actually suffer from hypertension -- according to new research published in The Lancet.
Results from a meta-analysis led by cardiologists at the University of Oxford suggest these drugs should be offered to people who face a higher risk of heart attack and stroke, regardless of what their blood pressure may be at the start of treatment.
In the study, researchers analyzed findings from 123 large-scale randomized trials involving more than 600,000 people, comparing different blood pressure targets from January 1966 to July 2015. They found blood pressure-lowering medication significantly reduced the risk of major cardiovascular events, stroke, heart failure, and death.
The risks of major cardiovascular disease events and heart disease were reduced by about one fifth, and stroke and heart failure by about a quarter.
Elevated blood pressure affects one out of three U.S. adults. It increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are two of the leading causes of death for Americans, and it’s responsible for almost 1,000 deaths a day in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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