Remember those millions of new patients created by the latest change in blood pressure guidelines , all freshly eligible for drug treatment they hadn’t needed just the day before?
According to research presented at the recent Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology, two classes of drugs commonly used to lower blood pressure may actually raise a person’s risk of death: alpha blockers and alpha-2 agonists.
Analyzing data from over 10,500 adults with hypertension, the researchers found that those taking these types of drugs showed greater variability in blood pressure levels .
Previous research, however, has discovered that consistency is key for blood pressure levels. A study published in The BMJ in 2016, for example, associated higher variability of systolic blood pressure with a 15 percent increase in all-cause mortality.
Consequently, said the researchers, these drugs should be avoided.
We say, well, that’s a start.
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