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Treating Prehypertension With Medication May Lower Stroke Risk

December 11, 2011

Treating Prehypertension With Medication May Lower Stroke Risk


Dec. 8, 2011 — If your blood pressure is higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered high blood pressure, then you have prehypertension. And that means you may have a higher risk for stroke and heart disease.

Now, new research shows that blood pressure-lowering pills may help lower the risk of stroke in people with prehypertension.

More than 50 million Americans have mildly elevated blood pressure or prehypertension. It is defined as systolic blood pressure (the top number) between 120 and 139 or diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) between 80 and 89. High blood pressure is defined as 140/90 mm Hg or higher.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is major risk factor for stroke and heart disease. It is treated aggressively with lifestyle changes and medications. The American Heart Association encourages lifestyle changes, not drugs, for people with prehypertension. This includes losing weight (if necessary), eating a healthy, low-salt diet, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking.

Medication Lowers Stroke Risk

Adding blood pressure-lowering drugs to lifestyle changes may prevent more strokes in people with prehypertension, according to the new research.

Article source: http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20111207/treating-prehypertension-with-medication-may-lower-stroke-risk?src=RSS_PUBLIC


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