Higher blood pressure threshold OK in older adults

  • Article by: Michelle Fay Cortez , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: December 19, 2013 - 3:24 PM

The new guidelines for those age 60 and older may mean less medication.

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fdrebinDec. 18, 1310:07 PM

Hmmmmm America makes the switch to government run "healthcare" and now standards for treating all diseases and cancer screenings are lowerd or eliminated. Well, Obama will reduce costs for medical care this way, and the morticians will get us a lot faster. Welcome to Soviet style "healthcare".

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plummpjDec. 19, 13 7:35 AM

I'm sure many people have been taking blood pressure medications that don't really need them. Because everyone's pressure varies a lot, and some people just have a higher pressure just being in a doctor's office. What really is needed is better 24 hour monitoring that gives a truly accurate picture of a persons blood pressure. This is just beginning to happen.

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u4775Dec. 19, 13 8:21 AM

Based on my experience and information you can find online, I would think twice before taking thiazide diuretics unless you like diabetes. Other diuretics are available, Lasix being one.

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georgina17Dec. 19, 13 3:56 PM

Just removing all the side-effects of the multiple medications we have seen proliferate should improve life-expectancy substantially. This line of research is important, given previous findings of the harm of over-treating in attempt to reach the lower numbers.

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