According to a recent study published in The Lancet, there needs to be a revision of current clinical guidelines for patients who are already at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Specifically, the study revealed that several major clinical guidelines on managing high blood pressure have actually raised blood pressure targets from 130/85mmHg to 140/90mmHg for high-risk patients.
Instead, treating blood pressure to a lower level than the currently recommended targets (which, until now, have been widely regarded as acceptable), will result in better health outcomes for patients. Indeed, a more intensive management of high blood pressure achieved lower systolic blood pressure and reduced the risk of heart attack by nearly 14% and stroke by roughly a quarter.
High blood pressure is commonly known as the “silent killer” – and poor management can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Bottar Law, PLLC has decades of experience investigating and pursuing claims for cardiovascular deaths. If you have questions about care that you, or a loved one received, do not hesitate to contact us.