Millions of people may not need high blood pressure drugs, claims expert

15 September 2014        

Person taking their blood pressure

Millions of people with high blood pressure may have been given drugs they don’t need, an expert claims.

A report by Dr Stephen Martin and colleagues in the medical journal BMJ calls for clinicians to be cautious about treating low risk patients with blood pressure lowering drugs.

They claim that lowering the drug threshold for high blood pressure has exposed millions of low-risk people around the world to drug treatment that may not benefit them.

Christopher Allen, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “High blood pressure is known as the silent killer and increases the risk of the person developing cardiovascular disease.

“In the UK people with blood pressure consistently above 140/90mmHg are considered to be at a high level.

“They may be offered medications by a GP but these should be used alongside lifestyle changes such as increasing physical activity, eating a healthy, balanced diet and watching your salt intake.”