No one likes a nag… and maybe that’s why so many people are so unhappy with their doctors these days.
They will nag, nag, NAG about the littlest things — including a few so-called health measures that have almost nothing to do with your health!
The worst of the lot has got to be blood pressure.
The moment your systolic (“top number”) heads north of 140, he’ll whip out his prescription pad. Heck, many docs will medicate you at “pre-hypertension” levels of 120, despite the fact that it’s a completely fabricated condition concocted solely to sell meds.
Well, my friend, next time he pulls out his pad, tell him where to put it back — because new research confirms what you’ve read right here in the Daily Dose: Neither one of those numbers make a dime’s bit of difference when it comes to heart and stroke risk.
Your top number has to hit 145 at the doctor’s office before the risk of stroke jumps…and 160 before your risk of heart disease starts to rise, according to the study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
That’s right: no risk of ANY kind at “prehypertension” levels!
The study finds the risks kick in at lower levels for BP readings taken at home, because BP levels are always lower at home.
But really, once you look at the RAW numbers, you’ll see that this whole BP thing is overblown anyway — because statistically speaking, almost no one suffered a heart attack or stroke at any level.
Some 21,000 folks were tracked for two years, and in that time there were just 121 heart problems and 127 strokes — or less than half a percent of the study in each case.
So if your BP levels are a little on the high side, don’t panic and don’t start gobbling pills to satisfy a nagging a doctor. Odds are, you’ve got nothing to worry about.
If your levels have jumped to stage 2 hypertension (a top number of 160) or beyond… or if your BP is suddenly skyrocketing… it’s STILL not time to take those meds.
It’s time to get cracking with a doc who can figure out what’s causing the jump.
In many cases, weight gain causes blood pressure to rise since your heart has a harder time pumping blood through all that fat. Drop a few pounds, and your BP levels will usually drop right along with it… and you’ll silence that old nag.