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Reducing blood pressure is risky for diabetics and heart patients


A new study conducted by the University of Florida researchers has urged caution in lowering blood pressure in diabetics and patients with coronary artery disease.

An associate professor of pharmacy and medicine at University of Florida, Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff said that the new data showed an increased risk of heart stroke, heart attack or even death for patients with a very high or very low blood pressure.

While presenting the findings at the American College of Cardiology’s 59th Annual Scientific Session in Atlanta, she suggested raising the systolic bar above 120 for blood pressure in diabetics and patients with coronary disease claiming that levels between 130 and 140 appear to be ideal and healthier for them.

According to www., Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff said, “Our data suggest that in patients with both diabetes and coronary artery disease, there is a blood pressure threshold below which cardiovascular risk increases.” However, as reported by, the International Verapamil SR-Trandolapril study (INVEST) has suggested that the normal range for healthy Americans may prove to be risky for those with a combined diagnosis of coronary artery disease and diabetes.

The American Heart Association defines Normal Blood Pressure as less than 120 systolic and more than 80 diastolic.

Celebrities who suffer from type 1 diabetes include Bret Michaels and The Jonas Brothers member Nick Jonas.

Celebrities who have had heart problems include Robin Williams, Jennie GarthElizabeth Taylor,Larry King and Bill Clinton.


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