Dr. Saputo's April 2015 Newsletter

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Why People with the Same Level of Hypertension Need Different Treatments

Treating blood pressure strictly by the numbers is shortsighted because it does not take into account a person's overall health issues. Certainly it is far more important to aggressively treat someone who has advanced arteriosclerotic disease than someone who is otherwise healthy. Doesn't it make sense to be more aggressive in a person with a history of a previous heart attack or stroke, or who has diabetes, or smokes? Of course! So what has taken the medical profession to figure this out? I suggest you take our free Hypertension Assessment if you have high blood pressure to learn more about managing it.

Every person is different and it should be obvious that a treatment program should be tailored to meet his or her unique health needs. What is an acceptable BP for one person may not be for another.

A medical study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center published an article in the journal, Internal Medicine, in June of 2014 that contradicts common medical belief that when treating hypertension, the lower the better. They studied 4,480 patients for 21 years and found that once blood pressure is below 140, there is no benefit in lowering the systolic (higher number) below 140 mm of mercury because side effects of pharmaceutical drugs outweighed their benefits.

We also have to keep in mind that tissue perfusion is what is involved when we have a heart attack or stroke and that this can happen with both high and low blood pressure. High blood pressure creates blockages in arteries that restrict blood flow, and low blood pressure can lower perfusion considerably if a blood vessel has a blockage to start with. Click here to learn more.

Treating blood pressure strictly by the numbers is shortsighted because it does not take into account a person's overall health issues. Certainly it is far more important to aggressively treat someone who has advanced arteriosclerotic disease than someone who is otherwise healthy. Doesn't it make sense to be more aggressive in a person with a history of a previous heart attack or stroke, or who has diabetes, or smokes? Of course! So what has taken the medical profession to figure this out? I suggest you take our free Hypertension Assessment if you have high blood pressure to learn more about managing it.

Every person is different and it should be obvious that a treatment program should be tailored to meet his or her unique health needs. What is an acceptable BP for one person may not be for another.

A medical study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center published an article in the journal, Internal Medicine, in June of 2014 that contradicts common medical belief that when treating hypertension, the lower the better. They studied 4,480 patients for 21 years and found that once blood pressure is below 140, there is no benefit in lowering the systolic (higher number) below 140 mm of mercury because side effects of pharmaceutical drugs outweighed their benefits.

We also have to keep in mind that tissue perfusion is what is involved when we have a heart attack or stroke and that this can happen with both high and low blood pressure. High blood pressure creates blockages in arteries that restrict blood flow, and low blood pressure can lower perfusion considerably if a blood vessel has a blockage to start with. Click here to learn more.

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