The main reason doctors prescribe blood pressure medications is to avoid stroke and heart attack down the road.
But a new study from Denmark proves that one of the most common blood pressure medications can actually double your risk of stroke and heart attack.
Researchers looking at data for over 55,000 patients who were treating high blood pressure with medications found a startling trend.
To understand the seriousness, it’s important to understand what these drugs are supposed to do in the first place.
Untreated high blood pressure can, over time, lead straight to stroke, heart attack, and death. Preventing high blood pressure, then, is a critical move.
One of the most prescribed blood pressure medications, called beta blockers, force blood pressure down, but carries additional side effects.
Some are known and documented. Some are not.
One such side effect of the beta blockers was recently uncovered in the study out of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
In looking at the 55,000 patients and their histories showed that those who were taking beta blockers were at an alarmingly higher risk of dying from stroke and heart attack during non-cardiac surgeries.
Wait – what?
Aren’t these meds supposed to prevent those very complications?
Many years ago, doctors started prescribing beta blockers (like metaprolol) to patients routinely before many kinds of surgery.
It was supposed to lower their blood pressure in an effort to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack during surgery.
However, a trend started to develop over the years, which is likely why the Denmark doctors wanted to study it. That troubling question was to find out if the drugs are causing more harm than good. It turns out, their suspicion was exactly right.
The study found that patients on a beta blocker had more than double the risk of suffering a major cardiac event during surgery than their cohorts not on the medication.
Lesson to be learned: if you want to lower your blood pressure, do it naturally!