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Serious More Sinkies To Be Diagnosed With Hypertension Under New System! Serve U Rite For Cursing PAP!

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  1. JohnTan

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    SINGAPORE - Almost one in three people will be classified as having high blood pressure, up from one in four, if Singapore adopts the new American Heart Association (AHA) cut-off guideline for high blood pressure, which is 130/80.

    However, the vast majority of these newly diagnosed hypertensives, classified as "high blood pressure stage 1", will need only to make lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

    Professor Tan Huay Cheem, director of the National University Heart Centre, said the AHA recommendation is based on solid evidence so "there's no reason" to reject it.

    However, Prof Tan suggested that treatment for patients with stage 1 hypertension should focus on getting them to make lifestyle changes, and that treatment with medication should start only if they have other risk factors such as diabetes mellitus.

    The 130/80 cut-off is for at least two readings done at home, he said. The cut-off at clinics remains 140/90 because anxiety tends to raise a person's blood pressure, he added.

    Dr Chee Tek Siong, a cardiologist in private practice and a board member of the Singapore Heart Foundation, agreed that "there is no rush to start treatment" for people with blood pressure of 130/80.\
    Only those considered "high risk" because of other factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol level, obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, lack of exercise or kidney failure would need to go on medication, he said.

    Dr Chee added that the rest would be given advice to make lifestyle changes and have their blood pressure checked after three to six months.

    Dr Paul Chiam, a cardiologist at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, said it is good for people to know the importance of strict blood pressure control "as we know that better BP control does lead to fewer strokes, heart and kidney disease".

    Dr Daniel Yeo, a cardiologist at Gleneagles Hospital, said Canada and Australia have already adopted the stricter cut-off last year, so the AHA's move is no surprise.

    The AHA estimates that among stage 1 hypertensives, only one in five may need medication to lower blood pressure.

    Lifestyle changes include reducing salt intake, and eating more potassium-rich foods such as bananas, potatoes, avocado and dark leafy vegetables. Patients should also be encouraged to exercise more, consume less alchohol and stop smoking.

    http://www.straitstimes.com/singapo...ine-will-mean-more-people-in-singapore-1-in-3
     
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    glockman Alfrescian (Inf)

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    Exercise more, consume less alchohol and stop smoking? Then what's the fun in living?
     
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    These guidelines are based upon studies sponsored by the big pharma companies.

    Lowering the so called "baseline" for the definition of hypertension puts billions of extra $$$$ in their pockets because once a patient is on hypertensive drugs there's no turning back.
     
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    BLOOD PRESSURE: 100 + YOUR AGE?
    JULY 22, 2016 / KEN FINTON


    http://www.disabled-world.com/health/cardiovascular/hypertension/bp-100-plus-age.php

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    Quote: “A former NASA astronaut and family doctor, says the 100+ age guideline for “normal” blood pressure was around for decades.”

    Everyone has different blood pressure readings, some are high, some low and most are in the middle. Many doctors have long held the belief that an acceptable systolic reading of blood pressure is 100 plus your age.

    Modern physicians say normal blood pressure takes no account of age. A reading of 120mm/80mm is normal regardless, according to Mayo Clinic staff. But early 20th century blood pressure cuff users followed a “100-plus-age” rule of thumb to determine what was normal for age. Early 21st century doctors accepted increased “normal rates” as patients age, but within a much more limited range, according to the Mayo Clinic.

    So now the question arises, just what is high blood pressure

    Despite accepting the 100 plus your age blood pressure reading in the past, today’s medical textbooks are arguing over exact values and new blood pressure standards come out every few years placing the desirable blood pressure target values ever lower. Is medicine fueling this war or might it just be the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry? To lower blood pressure readings just 5 points on the blood pressure scale can mean billions of dollars. Among the top ten drugs prescribed in the U.S, blood pressure (hypertension) medications ensnare millions into the prescription drug trap.

    A former NASA astronaut and family doctor, says the 100+ age guideline for “normal” blood pressure was around for decades. He also wonders if modern views on what is normal blood pressure arise from drug company involvement. “In the 1970s, the target limit for initiating drug treatment was 160/95. This has now become 140/90 (and more recently, 115/75), with a large number of organizations listed as in agreement,” he says.

    Blood pressures tend to rise naturally with age in both men and women so that a 130 systolic blood pressure of a 30-year old (roughly 100 plus the age) becomes 150 in a fifty year old and 160 in a 60 year old with male blood pressure readings exceeding female by around 10 mm Hg. The systolic pressure is the pressure peak with each beat of the heart (systole) and the diastolic pressure is the basal pressure that is in the blood vessels during relaxation of the heart (diastole).

    In a dramatic reversal in policy, on May 4, 2000, an expert committee announced that systolic pressure is the most accurate blood pressure measurement for older adults. The new guidelines hold true for all those with hypertension who are over age 40 – a group that makes up the majority of 50 million Americans with the disease.

    Since blood pressure elevation is associated with increased all-cause death rates, lowering of blood pressures by whatever means can only be good for humanity – can’t it? Well, the pharmaceutical industry loves it – this focus makes them billions of dollars. The medical community loves it – it’s good for business and seems ethically correct, and the public likes it. So began the worldwide focus on lowering blood pressure, the evolution of thousands of drugs designed to lower blood pressure, and of course, the beginning of a still growing multi-billion dollar business.

    High blood pressure, as defined by the drug industry and medical doctors, is not an instant death sentence. The goal of maintaining a blood pressure at or near 140/80 (now 115/75) is based on drug company hype, not science. These numbers are designed to sell drugs by converting healthy people into patients. If high blood pressure were dangerous, then lowering it with hypertension drugs would increase lifespan. Yet, clinical trials involving hypertension medication show no increased lifespan among users when compared to non-users.
     
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    The published BP readings is just an average guideline, your BP is dependant on many factors, Age, Diet, Race Type, DNA, BMI...we can only use the average BP listing as a guideline. Following it rigidly, will kill you or you die sooner than later, for each of us, have different NORMAL BP readings.
     
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    It's all PAP 's fault.It indicates that Sinkees must curse the PAP more in order to lower their hypertension.
    Curse PAP more,Gross Happiness Index goes up.
     
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    One good infallible cure.

    VOTE OUT ALL THOSE MAGGOTS IN WHITE!
     
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    Taking MRT caused Sinkees to have hypertension.
     
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    Canola oil from USA is the best! Ang Mohs are the bestest! :D:D:D
     
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    Well.... Sporeans get HBP while PAP gets Cancer, it's a fair deal.
     
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    my bp had always been hovering around 110/70 +/- 10 for both systolic and diastolic reading for a long time... recently it was 110/85 ish... could be my high sodium diet pushing up the resting pressure or the arteries are choked with all the sio bak I've made.
     

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