Blood pressure therapy re-think urged
By Smitha Mundasad
24 December 2015
From the section Health
More lives could be saved if doctors considered giving blood pressure drugs to all patients at high-risk of heart disease – even if their blood pressures are normal, a study suggests.
The report calls for a move away from current guidelines which recommend pills only be prescribed if blood pressure is above a certain threshold.
But experts acknowledge lifestyle factors also have an important role to play in bringing blood pressures down.
The study appears in the Lancet.
High blood pressure has long been linked to a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
Current guidelines – issued by England’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – suggest patients should only take medication when their blood pressure levels reach 140 …read more
Source:: BBC UK