The latest research indicated that lowering the systolic blood pressure to 120 mmHg or lower will reduce the risk of heart disease. However, the pitfall to lowering the systolic will also increase the chances of kidney damage. In the United States alone, the latter half of the population aged over 60 face issues related to high blood pressure or hypertension. Issues such as this make maintaining one’s blood pressure even more crucial.
The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) recommends that a systolic blood pressure of no higher than 130 mmHg should be maintained for the population aging over 65. However, the same conditions might not be ideal for people as they reach the mature age of 85 as they develop additional health issues.
A U.S. Department of Commerce estimated that by the year 2050, around 10%of adults in the U.S. will reach the peak age of 85, or older. A team of researchers conducted a study that explores the possibility for a range of blood pressure to be maintained for a relatively hassle-free life. The study can be found in the journal of the American Geriatric Society.
The study was concluded from a random list of 1,167 participants which were hand-picked from Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). The data was gathered from individuals who suffered from strokes, heart attacks, changes in a variety of kidney functions, cognitive impairment, quality of life reduction and in some cases, even deceased patients were considered.
27% of the participants were said to possess serious heart conditions. The mean age for the trial was 84, while more than half of the participants included in the study were on prescription-based medications. The average baseline blood pressure between the group was found out to be 142 mmHg while the group was divided into two equal groups with one group receiving assistance in getting their blood pressure below 140 mmHg.
The research concluded that the participants who achieved a systolic level of 120 mmHg or lower can experience a lower risk of heart disease and a lower likelihood of mild impairment. While this group can experience additional kidney issues, most people recovered after the application of mild treatment options.