You read it here first in the Daily Dose: The new blood pressure targets pushed on the masses by the drug-shilling stooges of the American Heart Association will HURT and maybe even KILL innocent Americans.
Now, at least one major mainstream medical organization agrees!
The American College of Physicians has just cranked out a blistering statement slamming both the AHA and American College of Cardiology for their thickheaded new guidelines.
These guidelines are a flat-out assault on sanity, dropping the definition of “hypertension” down from 140/90 to 130/80 mm Hg.
That 10-point switch means more than 30 million Americans went from “normal” BP to “dangerously high” BP practically overnight. And many of them — 4.2 million new patients, to be exact — will be told by their docs that they need meds.
Talk about a wet kiss for the drug industry!
That has members of the ACP’s Clinical Guidelines Committee absolutely livid.
They fired off an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicinepractically declaring war on these nonsensical guidelines.
“Are the harms, costs, and complexity of care associated with this new target justified by the presumed benefits of labeling nearly half the U.S. population as unwell and subjecting them to treatment?” they wrote. “We think not and believe that many primary care providers and patients would agree.”
You’re darned right they’d agree.
Any doc who’s been around the block a few times knows the dirty secret of BP meds: They hurt far more patients than they help.
And that’s especially true for older folks.
Instead of cutting the guidelines, many top scientists think that we should be RAISING them and pushing for FEWER older patients on the meds.
That’s what the ACP itself did last year.
It upped its guidelines to 150 in folks ages 60 and older, and it’s hardly alone in blasting the new guidelines.
Another editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine says that the guidelines are not only set too low, but they’re also bat-poop crazy in at least one other way: They’re trying to push a one-size-fits-all formula on the masses.
A 30-year-old and an 80-year-old now have the same exact goal, something the editorial notes is “virtually impossible” for the folks on the older side of the coin.
It’s always good to see the time-tested wisdom of the Daily Dosebacked by a major group such as this one. But let’s face it: While they’re arguing with each other, docs are already busily pushing meds onto millions of patients.
If your doc is one of them, point out these new reports and see if you can talk him out of it.
If you’re a little on the bigger side, you’ll make a better case for yourself if you drop a few pounds — which will bring BP down with it — so you can show the doc that you can take care of business on your own.
Keeping up the pressure,