It would seem that the only thing that stays the same in life is knowing that things will always change.
And so it is with recent expert opinions about blood pressure numbers, and what is considered healthy.
For more than 3 decades, the pharmaceutical giants have pushed Western health care providers to ‘treat’ blood pressure that escapes the boundaries of 140/90, for every age and demographic.
New opinions are published recently, though, that challenge these numbers for one group in particular- the group that comprises the highest rate of prescription medication consumption than any other.
In an online recommendation recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a panel of 17 leading experts on cardiovascular health gave the whole world pause with their new assertions.
For more than 30 years, the standard of what blood pressure numbers were to be considered too high has always been a systolic (top) number of 140 or higher, and diastolic (bottom) number of 90 or higher.
For people under the age of 60, this is still the upper limits of when intervention is needed. However, the panel suggests that millions of people over 60 are likely being over-medicated as their systolic upper limits could actually be 150 instead.
The panel, after reviewing data of thousands of patients over 60, now believes that this older population can actually do fine with blood pressure up to 150/90. The implications being that those whose systolic is less than 150 without medication may be taking dangerous blood pressure medications unnecessarily.
Not only are these medications likely not needed, they also cause serious side effects that are actually harming your health.
It is unclear based upon the study how many people this new recommendation actually affects, but it is estimated to be in the millions.