High Blood Pressure: Is It Always Cause of Concern?


High blood pressure or hypertension can lead to other health problems such as cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and other metabolic issues. So the question is whether it is always a cause for concern. Now a new study looked at this question.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high blood pressure affects up to 75 million adults in the United States. However, different organizations defines high blood pressure with

A new study recruited 81 years old 1,628 women and men who were following antihypertensive treatments. Scientists retrieved the health information of these participants using a Charité research project, titled the Berlin Initiative Study. The researchers analyzed blood pressure of these people. They wanted to find out how hypertension could affect a person’s mortality risk. For the reason, they also looked at other potential factors including body mass index (BMI), lifestyle choices.

As a result, the team found that the mortality risk was 40 percent higher among people aged 80 and over with a lower blood pressure — of 140/90 mm Hg or under — compared to their peers who had blood pressure exceeding those thresholds. The findings of this study was published in the European Heart Journal.

First study author Dr. Antonios Douros says, “Our results show clearly that, within these groups of patients, antihypertensive treatment should be adjusted based on the needs of the individual.”

“We should move away from the blanket approach of applying the recommendations of professional associations to all groups of patients,” Dr. Douros notes.