Stroke Risk Can Be Lowered By Pre-Hypertension Treatment

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Unhealthy lifestyle habits which include heavy alcohol drinking, chain smoking, and eating of high caloric food has brought significant impact on the health risk of many individuals who are having these unhealthy lifestyle routinely. Accompanying this kind of lifestyle is the development of various diseases known to be caused by living an unhealthy life. The general public must be wary and conscious about this presenting health problem because of the possibility that they may have an increase risk to suffer from these diseases which can bring great deal of discomfort to them.

Medical interventions are always available. Individuals should have a regular check up and consultations with their health care providers in order to lessen their health risks.

In fact recently, a new study showed that those individuals who are diagnosed to have pre-hypertension and took medications necessary to lower high blood pressure had decreased risk of having stroke in the future. The findings of the study were published online and are slated to be published in a print issue of Stroke.

The new study involved the analysis and examination of data of about 16 randomized controlled trials. These trials include individuals who have pre-hypertension which is medically defined as having blood pressure systolic that is between 120 to 139 mm Hg and diastolic of 80 to 89 mm Hg.

About 71,000 individuals were included in the study, and these study participants with pre-hypertension have took medications which lower blood pressure such as ACE inhibitors, beta blockers or angiotensin-receptor II blocker.

Researchers found out that those individuals with pre-hypertension and received active treatment by taking antihypertensive drugs had a reduce risk of stroke tantamount to about 22 per cent. Although risk of having heart attack was not reduced, still researchers found a trend towards fewer cardiovascular deaths.

Moreover, researchers said that in order to halter the development of stroke, about 168 individuals with pre-hypertension should be treated with the blood pressure lowering medication for about an average of 4.3 years.

According to lead researcher Dr. Ilke Sipahi, an assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University’s Harrington-McLaughlin Heart and Vascular Institute and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Sipahi said: “Now that we know the risk of stroke can be reduced, perhaps we need to do risk stratification. If you’re someone at particularly high risk, maybe we should pull the trigger on treatment earlier, and not necessarily wait until they reach that magic number of 140/90.”






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