I cannot believe it, they have just lowered the hypertension guidelines for dangerous BP levels in the US. Named the ‘2017 Guideline for High Blood Pressure in Adults’, the AHA (Amerdican Heart Assn) and the ACC (American College of Cardiology) are stating that if you have a reading of just 120-129/80, your BP is now classed as being ‘ elevated’. If your BP is 130-139/80-89 you are stage 1 hypertensive and if your BP is 140/90 you are stage 2 hypertensive. This is absolutely ridiculous.
This means more people on prescription drugs!
The guidelines state: “It is critical that health care providers follow the standards for accurate BP measurement. BP should be categorized as normal, elevated, or stages 1 or 2 hypertension to prevent and treat high BP. Normal BP is defined as <120/<80 mm Hg; elevated BP 120-129/<80 mm Hg; hypertension stage 1 is 130-139 or 80-89 mm Hg, and hypertension stage 2 is ≥140 or ≥90 mm Hg.” See the full document here
What a money spinner!
This is just a blatent money spinning practice to get more profits into the coffers of the pharmaceutical industry. This kind of chicanery will bring millions of normal people into the hypertensive range. It means that doctors will be dishing out BP drugs to patients with a healthy BP. My BP probably raised to the new stage 2 just reading these new guidelines!
It is normal for BP to fluctuate
It is NORMAL for your BP to rise if you are stressed, laughing, crying, shouting, holding your breath, jumping up and down, walking to the shops, carrying your baby, taking the dog out, driving in a traffic jam, being late for work etc., etc.. If your BP goes too low, you are likely to chuck a faint or fall down suddenly. Much more dangerous, especially for the elderly, than being a few points over the so called ‘normal’ BP reading.
Yesterday, I spoke with a friend of mine who had suddenly collapsed for a moment and fell down in her bungalow. She didn’t hurt herself but was shaken up and worried because she lives on her own. She got help from a neighbour who took her to the doctor to be checked out.
Out with the prescription pad!
Guess what! The doctor said her BP was elevated and prescribed her a BP drug on the spot. For God’s sake, the woman was in shock and shaken up, her BP was bound to be elevated. She told me that her BP went back to normal when she got home and she didn’t take the BP medication, nor did she tell her doctor she hadn’t when she returned for a second check up!
Medical errors 3rd most common cause of death
Her doctor must have been rather surprised that her BP was normal because most times, the initial diuretic drug doesn’t work, which leads nicely on to prescribing a second or third BP drug. I really get so frustrated over this problem of over prescribing and it is a serious problem with many people dying from the effects of allopathic medicine. It is now observed that the 3rd most common cause of death is medical errors and I class prescribing an unnecessary drug as definitely a medical error!
What was worrying is that he didn’t seem to take into account that she probably blacked out because she said she didn’t trip over anything. This is a common problem with the elderly and happened a few times to my Mum. This momentary loss of consciousness can often be attributed to a Mg deficiency and is called ‘Syncope’.
Could it be Syncope?
Most patients don’t even know they have had a syncope experience because they will assume they have just fallen over. Because of this, the majority of medics will presume that this was a mechanic fall and consequently no investigation is done to look into the real cause. An arrhythmia or a sudden drop in blood pressure could instigate a syncope event and a Mg deficiency can cause this kind of sudden collapse.
Will doctors adhere to these new guidelines?
I cannot believe that doctors receiving these new BP guidelines will actually accept this cavalier attitude to prescribing these hypertensive drugs unnecessarily. If this becomes a new code of practice then the majority of the population will soon be on a hypertensive drug! Great news for the pharmaceuticals! Bad news for you the general public!
Get yourself a BP monitor
You need to be able to monitor your own blood pressure. The best way is to buy a BP monitor. There are many good ones on the market and most are reasonably priced. This one pictured is on sale on Amazon UK for £13.99 at the moment with free delivery in the UK and has 131 reviews with an average of 4½ stars out of 5. Click here for a look.
You must be in charge
This way, you will always know what your BP is when you’re at home and relaxed. If you do go to the doctor and you know your BP is in the normal range then you can question him if he says it is elevated and wants to put you on a drug. A diuretic is usually the first drug of choice. Diuretics hardly ever work and mostly raise your BP not lower it, apart from compromising your kidneys to boot and having other serious side effects! This leads the way to being prescribed yet a 2nd or 3rd BP drug and then you’re well and truly on the bandwagon of prescription drugs for life. Not good! This is what the pharmaceuticals want, a customer for life!