According to the National Institutes of Health, (NIH) there’s a new number to shoot for when it comes to managing blood pressure. Where once 140, (for systolic pressure) was thought to be acceptable for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study finds that “120” reduced deaths by almost 25 percent in the 50+ age category. That’s an amazing find given the millions of individuals it affects.
Some, like Dr. Dan Jones, a former American Heart Association president hail the new report, calling it, “The most important blood pressure study of the last 40 years,” at a presentation on the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), Orlando, Florida. Others involved in the research underscore the importance of the shift in thinking about systolic numbers. “It’s been widely assumed that if you’re older, it’s OK to have a higher blood pressure, and this study challenges that notion,” said William E. Haley, M.D., a Mayo Clinic nephrologist and main investigator for Mayo Clinic of the SPRINT study.
This includes the 10.8 million adults, 50 and older who have a systolic blood pressure of 130 or more and at least one additional risk factor for heart disease. “These are the individuals most likely to benefit from a new blood pressure target, because they meet all of the criteria that the SPRINT enrollees met,” said lead author Adam Bress, research assistant professor of pharmacotherapy at the University of Utah. “That’s a very large group of people.”
Results of the study that reveals lower systolic numbers saves lives, were presented at the annual American Heart Association meeting in Florida this past November, and concurrently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Systolic vs. Diastolic—What The Numbers Mean
With hypertension affecting one in three Americans, high blood pressure is currently the most common medical condition in the United States.
With every beat of the human heart, blood is forced through the body’s circulatory system. The pressure, as it pushes against the artery walls, is known as, “blood pressure”. The “systolic”, or top number reflects the force when the heart beats. The “diastolic pressure”, or bottom number measures the pressure against the artery walls when the heart is at rest, (between beats).
When high blood pressure goes unchecked for a prolonged period of time, serious medical conditions such as stroke or heart attack may occur.
In addition, the body is at risk for a number of other health problems such as:
- Damage to kidneys
- Loss of Memory
- Loss of Vision
- Fluid in the lungs
- Peripheral artery disease
- Erectile dysfunction
Certain factors increase the likelihood of serious medical issues associated with high blood pressure including:
- High cholesterol
- Male gender
- Inherited tendency
- Lack of exercise
In order to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems the following is recommended:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a balanced diet
- Manage stress
- Don’t smoke
- Follow doctor’s recommendations with prescriptions
- Use alcohol in moderation
- Use hot tubs with caution
- Reduce the intake of salt
- Consider natural supplements
Natural Support Through Dietary Supplements
AGED GARLIC EXTRACT FORMULA 108 TOTAL HEART HEALTH – 100 CAPSULES – KYOLIC
Aged garlic promotes cardiovascular health along with B vitamins, Folic acid, and L-Arginine that improve healthy circulation and help maintain cholesterol levels.
AGED GARLIC EXTRACT FORMULA 109 BLOOD PRESSURE – 160 CAPSULES – KYOLIC
Specifically blended for blood pressure health, aged garlic formula includes Nattokinase (NSK-SD) and Suntheanine (L-Theanine) which help promote relaxation and lower stress.
L-CARNOSINE 500MG – 60 VEG CAPS – NATURAL FACTORS
Contains L-Carnitine, which converts fats into energy, supporting healthy heart, liver and vascular function.
The connection between high blood pressure and cardiac disease has long since been established, and lowering the target range for systolic pressure to120 saves lives. Following a physician’s recommended treatment plan for blood pressure management while maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise can help.