New Alert on Blood Pressure
By L. Markham McHenry, D.O.
Dr. McHenry coming to you with an important message about Blood Pressure.
A recent study done by the National Institute of Health was stopped prematurely because of the overwhelming benefit of lowering blood pressure. The patients in the study were aggressively treated to lower their blood pressure to 120/80 or less. Patients in the control group were allowed to have higher blood pressures.
They found that those that reduced their blood pressure to 120/80 or less had a 1/3 reduction in the events of heart attacks, stroke and heart failure, not to mention a 25% reduction in death rates. Because of this overwhelming improvement, with the lower blood pressures, they stopped the study early because they felt it was not fair to leave the patients in the control group with higher events.
Thus, I am really encouraging all of you with known high blood pressure, and even those of you without, to check your pressures at home. If they are running higher than the 120’s/80’s I would like you to schedule a time to come in and sit with me and we can discuss the means to lower it to the safer levels.
This is a very important study, I am glad I could share it with you today.