Almost half of all Americans suffer from what mainstream medicine considers hypertension (or “high” blood pressure [BP]).
But according to a shocking, new study, some common prescription drugs…doled out to millions of adults…could be a HUGE, hidden culprit behind the hypertension epidemic.
This story would make for quite an April’s Fools’ joke, if it weren’t so deadly serious…
Four common types of prescription drugs linked to high BP
U.S. researchers recently looked at data on more than 27,000 adults who are part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Nearly half of the participants had a blood pressure reading above 130/80 mmHg or reported being diagnosed by a doctor with high blood pressure.
But of that group, nearly 19 percent of them took one or more prescription drug known to cause high blood pressure.
And more than three percent of them used three or more prescription drugs known to cause the condition!
Those prescription drugs included:
- All classes of antidepressant drugs, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
And here’s the kicker…
The researchers estimated that if half the Americans with high blood pressure stopped taking JUST ONE of these culprit medications, up to 2.2 million people could get their blood pressure completely under control.
So many better options than taking a bad drug!
The study’s lead author, Dr. Timothy Anderson, stated, “Clinicians caring for patients with hypertension should routinely screen for medications that may cause elevated BP and consider deprescribing, replacing them with safer therapeutic alternatives and minimizing the dose and duration of use when alternatives are not available.”
That’s all well and good advice.
But you should also consider all the effective, drug-free approaches to controlling high blood pressure.
For example, I suggest you check out my new report on barberry, an amazing plant extract from Asia that “significantly” reduces both diastolic and systolic blood pressure readings in just eight weeks!
You should also find a good internal medicine doctor who listens, takes time with you, and stays up-to-date with the science. They’re less likely than your typical cardiologist to push dangerous drugs that can cause high blood pressure.
In addition, you can learn about the many safe, effective, natural approaches to protect your heart, without the use of ineffective and dangerous procedures or drugs, in my Heart Attack Prevention and Repair Protocol. To learn more about this comprehensive online learning tool, or to enroll today, click here now!
Here’s what else I covered in this week’s Daily Dispatch…