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Expert in the UK Says Everyone 55 and Over Should be Taking Blood Pressure Medication

Posted May 20 2009 10:34am

But wait, it gets better than that, they think it should be combination pill with a statin included, but what about the side effects.  Will be all someday be on statins and blood pressure medication?  Just a dumb question that popped into my head, is any drug company perhaps paying for the studies that provide statins or blood pressure medications?  With all in the news of late, perhaps not out of line to inquire. 

Blood pressure medication is one of the most widely treated and studied conditions a well as the medications used to keep it under control, thus there’s a lot of good information available here.  Its a choice of either healthier life styles or a pill in some cases.  image

There is a device in clinical trials too to control blood pressure so maybe if this one works out we might just have to be taking a statin (grin) after all. 

Implanted Medical Device to Control Blood Pressure

But then we all may remember the Jupiter Report too, statins have some side effect too.  The Happy Hospitalist did a good job on describing that scenario below. 

The Jupiter Report with Crestor – What Side effects?

After all of this, maybe we need a device that can do what statins doo too?  BD 

Everyone aged 55 and over should be taking drugs to lower their blood pressure, a London-based expert says.

Epidemiology expert Professor Malcolm Law said blood pressure drugs cut the risk of heart attack and stroke - even for those with normal blood pressure.

His conclusion, published in the British Medical Journal and backed by other experts, is based on a review of 147 studies, involving 464,000 people.  However, the Stroke Association warned the drugs could have side-effects.

The lowered risk estimates were based on lowering systolic blood pressure by 10mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure by 5mm Hg.

They said the findings supported the idea of giving everyone over a certain age a "polypill" - a drug that would include a statin to lower cholesterol as well as treatment for blood pressure.

BBC NEWS | Health | Blood pressure pill action urged

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Implanted Medical Device to Control Blood Pressure

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