Don’t Ignore High Blood Pressure. It Can Be Deadly
Blood pressure is major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney failure, it acts as an accomplice in millions of additional deaths each year.
Hypertension is one of major risk factor for coronary heart disease. 85% heart failure cases are due to hypertension. About 20% of those require hemodialysis are due to hypertension.
Of those taking blood pressure medications, control rates are abysmally low. A major problem is that mainstream medicine accepts blood pressure levels that are too high. This means that the majority of those diagnosed with hypertension spend most of their day with blood pressure levels dangerously elevated.
The medical establishment defines high blood pressure (hypertension) as over 139/89 mmHg. However, in 2006, researchers found that blood pressure levels raging from 120 to 129 mmHg systolic and 80 to 84 mmHg diastolic were associated with an 81% higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared to levels of less than 120/80 mmHg. Moreover, blood pressure levels of 130-138/85-89 mmHg were associated with a frightening 133% greater risk of cardiovascular disease compared to levels below 120/80. Worse yet, studies suggest that conventional physicians are unlikely to treat hypertension until levels exceed 160/90 mmHg, level that dramatically increases the risk of disease and death.
Controlling blood pressure means radically reducing disease risk. Studies have estimated that reducing blood pressure by 10/5 mmHg, to 115/75, can reduce the risk of stroke death by 40% and the risk of death due to heart disease or other vascular causes by 30%. In individuals 40 to 70 years old, each 20/10mmHg increment over 115/75 doubles the risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, or kidney failure. Based on this and other data, that for many individuals, a target blood pressure of 115/75 mmHg yields the best preventative benefits.