30 Million Americans Were Just Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure, Here’s Why…

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30 million Americans who woke perfectly healthy yesterday morning are now suddenly in need of expensive hypertension treatments after the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology decided to lower the definition of “high blood pressure” to 130/80 from the previous trigger of 140/90. According to Reuters, the change means that nearly 50% of American adults, or roughly 100 million people, now suffer from high blood pressure.

Americans with blood pressure of 130/80 or higher should be treated, down from the previous trigger of 140/90, according to new guidelines announced on Monday by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

At the new cutoff, around 46 percent, or more than 103 million, of American adults are considered to have high blood pressure, compared with an estimated 72 million under the previous guidelines in place since 2003.

High blood pressure accounts for the second-largest number of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths in the United States, second only to smoking.

A large, government-sponsored study of hypertension patients aged 50 and older showed in 2015 that death from heart-related causes fell 43 percent and heart failure rates dropped 38 percent when their systolic blood pressure was lowered below 120 versus those taken to a target of under 140.

But patients in the 120 systolic blood pressure group had a higher rate of kidney injury or failure, as well as fainting.

Not surprisingly, these new guidelines are expected to be a boon for pharma giants like Merck, Pfizer and Novartis who supply the world’s expensive hypertension medications.

Potentially deadly high blood pressure can be brought under control with a wide array of medications, many sold as relatively inexpensive generics. The drug classes include angiotensin receptor blockers, such as Novartis AG’s Diovan, calcium channel blockers, like Pfizer Incs’s Norvasc, ACE inhibitors, including Pfizer’s Altace, and diuretics, such as Merck & Co Inc’s Hyzaar.

But the drugs have side effects and the new guidelines emphasize lifestyle changes including weight loss, diet and exercise as the first tool for combating hypertension.

“I think this will encourage both patients to adhere to recommendations but also clinicians to be more vigorous in their attempts to prescribe lifestyle changes,” said Dr. Pamela Morris, chair of the ACC’s committee on prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Of course, perhaps a slight, artificial “tweaking” of their addressable market was exactly the right cure for what’s been ailing Merck’s stock of late…

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  • Czajk

    Don’t take it!

  • Mike

    In other words, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.are working hand in hand with big pharma to screw us over yet again.

    • Not a surprise for me but rather a must SOP.

  • TrevorD

    “expected to be a boon for pharma giants like Merck, Pfizer and Novartis”
    Once again `its all about the money honey` well for some anyway. Those above these parasitical money grabbing puppets just want to poison more of us, now with a little more haste. How thoughtful they are……. Don`t fall for these sick games.

  • anonymous4u4me

    This is not only a scam to help big Pharma, but this can also cost people their jobs.

  • Robert Walling

    Today’s experts are tomorrow’s idiots. If a person or entity stands to gain from you believing what they say, you really ought to question it thoroughly.

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Hmmm….and Donny&Co. are waffling on the ‘no exceptions or exemptions’ clause in the tattered remnants of Obufucare, too…….hmmmm…….

  • Jim

    A lot of people are going to wake up finding that their life insurance premium just doubled or their policynwas outright cancelled because of this.

    • The latter will probably be better off without insurance, as I have been since long before Obama was a household name. There is no point in having insurance when it won’t pay for what works. Hospitals are being more friendly to self-payers, just as doctors have been becoming for years.

  • I guess they want to get rid of the people who were marginal before.

  • Amanda Ham

    I have a Medical dictionary from 1969 that defines hypertension as a blood pressure reading of 160/100mmhg…. low blood pressure is far more risky and dangerous the way I look at it,,, you may not die of heart disease but your gonna have a broken hip, dementia, and “live” with dialysis…..

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