Prehypertension, and Its Risks of Stroke and Heart Disease, Get New Attention – WSJ.com

Prehypertension, and Its Risks of Stroke and Heart Disease, Get New Attention – WSJ.com.

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Regarding Laura Landro’s “Hidden Heart Disease” (Personal Journal, D1, November 9): Obesity and sedentarism are risk factors for future heart disease and should be treated by diet and exercise. But “prehypertension” is a fabricated disease designed to increase the number of relatively healthy people prescribed antihypertensive medications. It was brought into existence in 2003 by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 7), a panel of physicians with extensive financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/hypertension/disclose.htm). Judging by the pro-medication bias of this group, and the inexorable downward trend of what they believe constitutes normal blood pressure, it was easy to predict that JNC 8 will include recommendations to use medications for “prehypertension.”
By the time we get to JNC 10, every living being will need these drugs!

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