MILD HYPERTENSION CAN BE TREATED WITHOUT DRUGS
For people with mild hyper-tension, encouraging lifestyle changes should be the first line of recommendations for physicians rather than putting them on drugs, suggest experts.
Low risk indicates that an individual does not have existing cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes or kidney diseases.
Over the years, hyper-tension has been treated with drugs at progressively lower blood pressures.
"We urge clinicians to share the uncertainty surrounding drug treatment of mild hypertension with patients, measure blood pressure at home, improve accuracy of clinic measurements and encourage lifestyle changes," Martin concluded.
They were scheduled to discuss the findings at the 2014 Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference hosted by the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine at the University of Oxford.