High blood pressure may be more dangerous in women
posted on Jan 6, 2014
High blood pressure may be more dangerous in women than in men, new research suggests.
Doctors may need to treat high blood pressure in women earlier and more aggressively than they do in men, according to scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre, in the U.S.
In a new study, published in Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease, the researchers found significant differences in the mechanisms that cause high blood pressure in women when compared to men. ‘The medical community thought that high blood pressure was the same for both sexes and treatment was based on that premise,’ said Carlos Ferrario, professor of surgery at Wake Forest Baptist and lead author of the study.
‘This is the first study to consider sex as an element in the selection of antihypertensive agents or to base the choice of a specific drug on the various factors accounting for the elevation in blood pressure.’
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