1) Consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products and limiting saturated and total fat intake can reduce systolic blood pressure by 2 to 8 mm Hg
In their training, physicians have been told that the ideal blood pressure level is 120 over 80 mm Hg
3] derived a summary curve from 13 studies that stratified cardiovascular outcomes by level of achieved blood pressure; the nadir of the curve for ischemic heart disease events occurred at 86 to 89 mm Hg
JNC 7 defines stage 1 hypertension as a systolic blood pressure of 140-159mm Hg
or a diastolic blood pressure of 90-99 mm Hg
, and stage 2 hypertension as a systolic blood pressure of at least 160 mm Hg
or a diastolic blood pressure of at least 100 mm Hg
2% drop in systolic blood pressure, from an average of 116 mm Hg
when the women received only diet counseling to an average of 110 mm Hg
when they also took soy nuts.
Despite their high-salt diet, only 12 percent of the Nigerian men had systolic pressures of 140 mm Hg
What the trial showed was that treating to a systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mm Hg
reduced the primary, combined endpoint by [a relative] 25%, reduced all-cause mortality by [a relative] 27%, and reduced heart failure by [a relative] 38%," compared with patients treated to a target systolic pressure of less than 140 mm Hg
, said Dr.
Elevated BP: SBP 120-129 mm Hg
and DBP <80 mm Hg
But as the authors mention, JNC 8 conducted a comprehensive review of the available evidence and determined that a BP target of <150/90 mm Hg
for hypertensive patients [greater than or equal to] 60 years of age is appropriate.
In a review of 73,522 hypertensive patients, the Kaiser investigators found that those treated to a mean systolic BP (SBP) of 122 mm Hg
--based on standard office measurement--actually had worse outcomes than did those treated to a mean of 132 mm Hg
, with a greater incidence of cardiovascular events, hypotension, electrolyte abnormalities, and other problems.
Treat to lower a persistent systolic blood pressure of 150 mm Hg
or more in patients aged 60 years or older who are otherwise healthy, the American College of Physicians recommended in a new guideline for managing blood pressure in older patients.
That happened by resetting the definition of adult hypertension from the long-standing threshold of 140/90 mm Hg
to a blood pressure at or above 130/80 mm Hg
, a change that jumps the U.