If somebody told you that lowering your blood pressure would make you live longer, would you believe them? Perhaps not, if they were random people, but now medical specialists have confirmed that having a low blood pressure reduces the risk of heart diseases and keep you alive for a few extra years. It is quite a surprising development and we want to look into it to make sure that it is true.
A new study has come to this conclusion, specifically mentioning that low blood pressure, way under the recommended levels, can significantly reduce the chances of dying because of a heart disease. The National Institutes of Health also enforced this conclusion on Friday, making it official that this method actually does work and can save thousands of lives every year.
What is more important is that the evidence was so strong from the beginning that doctors felt that there was no need to go on with the study. And they had one more planned year to conclude it. One year might have led to different findings if it were a vague procedure, but with so much certainty going on, it would have been a pity to waste the funds and not invest them into a more urgent matter.
Dr. Gary Gibbons, the director of NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, has declared himself quite pleased with the results saying that the study provided “life-saving information”. Considerably reducing blood pressure can enable doctors to treat patients over the age of 50 less severely until now. It also allows specialists to approach heart diseases from a totally different angle.
The only issue with low blood pressure is that oxygen travels a lot slower through the body, thus to the brain, as well. This can sometimes make patients feel sleepy and have poor or slow reactions. It is not something that can be very comfortable to live with, but if it does save your life, you can consider it a small price to pay. It is best that you are properly assisted if you decide to live with a lower blood pressure.
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