Over-the-counter pain relievers may increase blood pressure

New survey commissioned by the American Heart Association found high blood pressure patients unsure of how to safely treat pain.

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While nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure (HBP), only 29% think over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers may raise blood pressure, according to a recent survey commissioned by the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives for all.

According to the American Heart Association’s 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Management of High Blood Pressure, high blood pressure is defined as a consistent blood pressure measurement of 130 over 80 or higher. The guidelines also state that some OTC pain relievers may elevate blood pressure.  

While majority of adults in the general population, as well as people with high blood pressure, aren’t sure about the effect of OTC pain medicine on their blood pressure, only a little more than half of those diagnosed with high blood pressure, who take OTC pain relievers (53%) check with their doctor before taking this medicine.

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2 responses to “Over-the-counter pain relievers may increase blood pressure

  1. Informative information. I take medicines for blood pressure and diabetics after my stent surgery. Now they are under control.

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  2. Reblogged this on Munaeem's Blog and commented:
    Informative information for people with blood pressure who take pain killers.

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