A recently published medical report issued by the University of Oxford claims that fewer people would die if doctors gave them bloodpressure drugs .Medical experts have analysed results coming from over 100,000 patients in two decades.
Up to now, doctors started prescribing drugs when a patient had a blood pressure above 140 mmHg. The study found that reducing blood pressure by 10 mmHg would lower the risk of a heart attack by 2o%. Research experts say that doctors should try to keep the blood pressure of their patients to below 130 mmHg.
Doctors of the research team say that risk patients – those who smoke, have high cholesterol levels or diabetes would profit most if they took blood pressure drugs at an early age. It would lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Some even recommend that drugs be given to every adult, regardless of their blood pressure.
The results say that treating blood pressure to a lower level would potentially save millions of lives. Today, more than 1 billion people around the world suffer from high blood pressure. 10 million of them die every year. Prescribing blood pressure drugs to high-risk patients would cost comparatively little, but have positive effects.
Heart specialists argue that there is a natural way of bringing down blood pressure. People should take on a healthy diet and do a lot of exercise. Smoking and drinking alcohol, on the other hand, raises blood pressure levels. They claim that there are side effects that must be considered if blood pressure goes down too low.