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High Blood Pressure

Healthy and on BP Meds

06/16/2010

Question:

I am a 39yr old male who is on several high blood pressure medications. I am well fit with good choleserol numbers (ldl <100). I exercise regularly. I inherited my HBP as far as I can tell and I do often get nervous while the Doctor takes my BP. My question is, does the medication I take have an adverse effect on my life expectancy? I don`t really feel any side effects from the meds, they are very well tolerated, and they have lowered my bp from 140// down to <120//. Thx.

Answer:

There is universal agreement that the evidence strongly documents that controlling BP with medications prolongs life rather than shortening it. Attached is just one analysis in almost 1 mil people of all ages in studies of blood pressure lowering showing reduction on risk of hypertension complications including death with BP reduction in the range that you describe.

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Response by:

Jackson T Wright, MD, PhD, FACP Jackson T Wright, MD, PhD, FACP
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University