Blood pressure medication unsafe for patients with mild hypertension

Large-scale cohort study of a group of scientists from Oxford, Kemijsko and the University of Birmingham have shown that blood pressure medication may not work for patients with mild form of hypertension. Treatment with these drugs does not protect the patients from cardiovascular disease and can also have dangerous side effects, concluded the scientists.

The results of the study were published in JAMA Internal Medicine.The authors analyzed medical data 108 844 patients, of which singled out two groups: one included patients who took their assigned medication pressure under antihypertensive therapy; in another, those who were not recommended drugs to reduce pressure. In both groups the average age of participants was 55 years.

During the period of observations of these participants died 1 641, with the overall mortality in the group taking blood pressure medication, made up 4.49% and in the group medicated patients of 4.08%. The authors acknowledged that their findings “do not demonstrate the benefit of treatment with antihypertensive drugs for patients with mild disease”.

Scientists spoke about the fact that they discovered property of blood pressure medicine is not only to help but also to harm patients with mild hypertension has yet to be verified. But they admit that such medications can cause different side effects, such in particular as hypotension, abnormal electrolytes, acute renal failure.

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