Blood pressure control can extend life up to 3 years

Blood pressure control can extend life up to 3 years

Having blood pressure of less than 120 MM HG can extend a person’s lifespan from between six months to three years, depending on how old they were when they began intensive blood pressure control.

A new study by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital puts the results of a landmark trial about blood pressure control into terms that may be easier to interpret and communicate to patients. 

The study enrolled more than 9,000 adults who were 50 years or older  and had a systolic blood pressure between 130- and 180-mm Hg.

Investigators from the Brigham report that having a blood pressure target of less than 120 mm Hg — rather than the standard 140 mm Hg — can add six months to three years to a person’s lifetime, depending upon how old they are when they begin intensive blood pressure control, Neuroscience News reported.

The authors note that the analysis did not account for potential risks, including kidney injury and low blood pressure.