Account for intercourse variations in blood stress vary, cardiologists say – Scientific Each day Information
Susan Cheng, MD
Women have a lower healthy blood pressure range compared to men, according to new evidence published in Circulation magazine.
Current clinical guidelines do not make this distinction, and a consistent approach may adversely affect female patients, said cardiologist Susan Cheng, MD, MPH, MMSc, of Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.
Cheng and colleagues analyzed blood pressure measurements in studies of 27,000 participants, around half of whom were women. They found that 120 mm Hg, which was considered the upper limit for healthy systolic blood pressure in adults, was actually suitable for men. However, 110 mm Hg or less was the actual risk threshold in women. Systolic blood pressure values higher than these thresholds for either sex have been linked to cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke.
“We are now being forced to rethink normal blood pressure levels that could protect a woman or man from heart disease or stroke,” Cheng said.
“Based on our research, we encourage the medical community to re-evaluate blood pressure guidelines that do not take into account gender differences,” she said.
Cheng’s previous research suggests that women’s blood vessels age faster than men’s. This is due to gender differences in biology and physiology, which may explain why women appear to be more susceptible to developing certain cardiovascular diseases and at other times in life than men, as she and her colleagues theorized at the time.
The researchers’ next goal is to investigate whether women should start treating high blood pressure at the lower systolic blood pressure threshold of 110 mm Hg instead of the 120 mm Hg currently recommended.
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