Low blood pressure can reduce the risk of death. But how low do we have to go? That’s big news about the results of the recently released SPRINT study. They proved that lower IS is better – and that targeting blood pressure below standard treatment targets resulted in many more deaths.
The SPRINT study also showed that although there are more side effects It is less dangerous than a heart attack or stroke, but intensive blood pressure treatment to meet low blood pressure goals is safe. even in the elderly More intense treatment prevents heart attacks. cerebrovascular disease and more deaths
According to the SPRINT study, current guidelines recommend that some high-risk patients with high blood pressure target systolic blood pressure below 130 rather than the standard target of 140 (SPRINT aims aims at targets below 120/80)
But the bigger implications are: We have to do a lot better at keeping people under 140/90 for years that doctors feared lowering patients’ blood pressure to levels they thought were too low. And it can be dangerous. Now, it’s been proven to “overload.” The 140/90 goal isn’t just something that won’t hurt the patient. But it might very well save their lives.
The mortality rate for those treated with the blood pressure target below 120/80 was 27% lower than the mortality rate for those treated with the normal target of 140/90. preventable death It will prevent about two heart attacks. In addition to stroke, kidney failure, dementia, etc.
Now it is also true that other non-drug interventions may be important. especially Reducing sodium can lower blood pressure and other health hazards. from eating too much salty food regular exercise overall healthy eating Reducing air pollution, etc., can make a huge difference. But these interventions are best done on a social and community-wide basis.
That’s why Although we should empower and inform patients. But we shouldn’t expect them to be able to withstand the obesity, salty, sedentary and pollution-causing environment we live in. And although we can miraculously improve our diet and our overall environment, There are still billions of people in the world who need medications for high blood pressure.
think about it The study came out last week that could save millions of lives. There are no news articles about it. Although this is “just” the final report from a study that has revealed previously important results. (Because the findings are so important), we’re slow to implement these recommendations. It shows that we still have a lot to learn about what we need to focus on in order to save as many lives as possible.
Resolve To Save Lives partners with countries that uses the WHO HEARTS package to lower blood pressure Reducing sodium and treating high blood pressure could prevent 3 million premature deaths a year. Lowering blood pressure could save millions of lives. We know what to do Let’s make it happen