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12/21/2013 (8 months ago)

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Older patients, 60 years or more, can have slightly higher blood pressure, experts say

One in three Americans has high blood pressure. It's referred to as the "silent killer," as those with the condition can have no symptoms whatsoever and then suffer heart attack, stroke or kidney failure on account of it. But now - there is growing medical evidence that what constitutes high blood pressure can't be applied to all patietns across the board. In fact, older people can have slightly higher blood pressure without negative results, some are now saying.

One in three Americans has high blood pressure. It's referred to as the 'silent killer,' as those with the condition can have no symptoms whatsoever and then suffer heart attack, stroke or kidney failure on account of it.

One in three Americans has high blood pressure. It's referred to as the "silent killer," as those with the condition can have no symptoms whatsoever and then suffer heart attack, stroke or kidney failure on account of it.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/21/2013 (8 months ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Blood pressure, guidelines, medicine, older patients


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Patients were often given medication if their blood pressure exceeded 140/90. Now, for patients 60 years or older, the new guidelines say their blood pressure can reach up to 150/90 without treatment.

Dr. Hope Short says this new guideline is not for everyone. "You can't just take that information and apply it across the board to all patients," Dr. Short said.

People who have other health issues, the doctor says, the numbers are going to vary from person to person.

"A diabetic for example," Short said. "We shoot for 130/80 so this would not apply to someone with a comorbidity such as heart disease or someone that's had congestive heart failure."

For those who do fall into this category, getting off the medication could be a plus. Many blood pressure medications have side effects including dizziness, dry mouth, fainting and falls.

Dr. Short says if she could advise just one thing, it would be to ask your doctor before making any decisions on what is best for you. "Take any concerns you have to your doctor," Dr. Short said. "Please don't just stop your medicine without discussing it."



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