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Blood pressure: 100 million Americans may be unnecessarily labeled abnormal

Blood pressure: 100 million Americans may be unnecessarily labeled abnormal

From a March 9 2011 Science Daily news item

ScienceDaily (Mar. 9, 2011) — As many as 100 million Americans may currently be misclassified as having abnormal blood pressure, according to Dr. Brent Taylor from the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota and his colleagues. Their findings show that these people are not actually more likely to die prematurely than those with ‘normal’ blood pressure, i.e. below 120/80. Taylor and colleagues’ article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer, also shows that in those under 50, diastolic blood pressure* is the more important predictor of mortality, whereas in those over 50, systolic blood pressure* is the stronger predictor. The authors argue it is time to consider a new definition of ‘normal’ blood pressure.

March 10, 2011 - Posted by | Consumer Health, Medical and Health Research News | , , , ,

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