February 27, 2016

Saralyn Mark, MD Feedback from TappMD Expert
Saralyn Mark, MD
Controversy continues over how tight the control should be for blood pressure.
As a geriatrician, I've found that women are at higher risk for fainting with tighter control and then at a higher risk for a hip fracture. I suggest gradually increasing the dosage of medication-one at a time and encourage a low salt diet and exercise-walking is great!

Video: A government-appointed panel is offering new guidelines for prescribing blood pressure medication, suggesting that medicine is only needed when blood pressure levels are 150 over 90 in adults 60 years of age and older. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

Many older adults with high blood pressure can be treated less aggressively, which could mean taking fewer pills to get it under control, according to new treatment guidelines from an expert panel. But not all experts are on board with the advice — including the federal agency that appointed the group.

Panel members stressed that they are not changing the definition of high blood pressure: 140 over 90. For adults aged 60 and older, they are recommending a higher treatment threshold, prescribing medicine only when blood pressure levels reach 150 over 90 or higher.

TAPP to read more.

Please contact content@tappnetwork.com with any DMCA or other intellectual property concerns.

Saralyn Mark, MD

Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women's health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services for 11 years and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women's health on Earth and in Space.