While medical guidelines are often very slow to change, new research is suggesting that one of the current recommendations for blood pressure may be wrong.
According to existing recommendations, your systolic blood pressure (that's the higher top number — this number measures the pressure in the arteries when your heart beats) should be no higher than 140 mmHg. But research recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests it should be much lower.
Researchers from the University of Utah, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Columbia University have been working together on a project called the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). SPRINT has found that lowering systolic blood pressure to 120 mmHg rather than 140 mmHg could significantly reduce risk of heart failure, heart attack, and death.
Lead author Adam Bress explains that "SPRINT could have broad implications. Millions of Americans whose blood pressure is under control according to current guidelines may be considered uncontrolled if new guidelines adopt the intensive target of less than 120 mmHg studied in SPRINT."
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In fact, over 16.8 million Americans, or 7.6% of the population, meet the target criteria that the SPRINT study used: age 50 or older, have an SBP between 130 and 180 mmHg, are at a high risk of cardiovascular disease, and do not have diabetes or a history of stroke. While those falling outside these parameters could still likely benefit, the evidence from SPRINT can be directly applied only to those who do meet these criteria.
Because your blood pressure is such a significant indicator of your cardiovascular health, you may not want to wait for the guidelines to be updated.
If you're one of the 37.3 million Americans who meet just the first three criteria — you're an adult, age 50 or older, with elevated blood pressure — you may want to consider lowering your blood pressure.
One of the best ways to do this is with a product called CircO2®. CircO2 is an innovative way of delivering nitric oxide to the body. Nitric oxide (NO) is a molecule that Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Louis Ignarro first discovered in 1998. What makes NO so remarkable for all of us 50 and over is that it relaxes our arteries. In other words, it allows blood to pass more easily through our cardiovascular system.
Because nitric oxide works best when it can interact with saliva, CircO2 comes in the form of a lozenge. As you suck on the lozenge, it reacts with your saliva, releases the nitric oxide, and improves blood flow throughout your body. It's an exceptional way to help improve your circulation, reduce your blood pressure, and lower your risk of cardiovascular issues. If your blood pressure is higher than it should be, CircO2 is a remarkably effective and unique option to help you get it in check.
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