Treating people sooner suffering from blood pressure does not lower the risk of lethal heart disease. This was concluded by a team working with the Helmholtz Zentrum München and Prof. Karl-Heinz Ladwig of the Technical University of Munich. The treatment might even negatively impact patient’s mental health.
The American College of Cardiology last year included a new segment to its regulations for high blood pressure named as “Stage 1 Hypertension.” Below the new guideline, doctors are suggested to place patients in this segment (130-139 mmHg / 80-89 mmHg) while the therapy is in progress. The same range for the European Society of Cardiology is described as “high normal” blood pressure, with no particular action required.
“The thought behind the US standards is to reduce blood pressure as early as achievable and to motivate patients (by offering them with a diagnosis) to accept a healthier lifestyle,” claims Prof. Ladwig to the media in an interview.
On a related note, weight loss and low blood pressure can indicate an imminent diagnosis of dementia, while increased levels of blood glucose might indicate a steady risk factor for the condition, as per a 14-year research posted in JAMA Psychiatry.
“To our information, no huge cohort research has concurrently tested the trajectories of all primary cardiovascular risk factors in the years before diagnosis of dementia. The optimal time windows and targets in older ages for the cardiometabolic health management for prevention of dementia have stayed under shadows,” claimed Maude Wagner, lead author from the University of Bordeaux, to the media in an interview.
To acknowledge this gap in research, Wagner and his colleagues took 785 patients who eventually suffered from dementia from a French population-based cohort research and compared each of them to 4 non-dementia controls on the basis of sex, age, the center at which they were examined, and educational attainment.
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