Consider your systolic blood pressure

We all know very well that maintenance of blood pressure within normal ranges is essential for good health of a person. High blood pressure risks an individual to several irreversible ailments, most of which lead to painful death.

A landmark federal study, which was released this Friday, advises the health care personnel to bring the blood pressure of their patient’s, below the recommended range. It also says that combative treatment against elevated blood pressure considerably reduces a person’s chances of developing stroke, heart attack and death especially if they are aged 50 years or above.

Systolic blood pressures (which relates to the blood flow in arteries upon contraction of heart muscles) must be especially taken care of, and must be kept below 120. According to the physicians, up till now, there wasn’t any specific evidence regarding the usefulness of aggressive treatment, and the specifications regarding systolic ranges. As the┬ádirector of the division of hypertension at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Randall M. Zusman says that we did not have any proof till this date favoring the fact aggressive treatment leads to lesser rates of ailments and deaths.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute sponsored a study which revealed that treating high systolic blood pressure ranges with medicines so to keep it below 120, lowered the incidence of strokes, heart attacks and heart failure by 1/3rd, whereas the same reduced mortality due these ailments via 25 percent. This is far more beneficial than keeping systolic blood pressures at 140.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that one in 3, amongst a population of 70 million adults in the U.S, is having high blood pressure. About half of these individuals who take treatment, fail to maintain their blood pressure figure under normal ranges.

However, this doesn’t mean that doctors shall start prescribing anti-hypertensive treatment to every individual over 50 years of age who has a systolic pressure above 120, according to experts.