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January 30, 2013

Something I didn't know about the harm of high blood pressure

The effect is, apparently, nonlinear over the 115 or 120 systolic we're supposed to aim for, with the almost all of the harm coming from a systolic above 180. See Spyros Makridakis, "High Blood Pressure and Iatrogenics". See also, "There is a non-linear relationship between mortality and blood pressure". 

Both links are via Seth Roberts who wrote this very interesting post, "Undisclosed Risks of Common Medical Treatments". 


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You know, that's kind of scary when you think about it.


Re: Undisclosed risks, good information to be sure, but I'd like to know whether the comparison group (who did not use drug X or did not get treatment Y) was a placebo control group, or just a random group of similar age people.

Since people who need drugs and treatments are less healthy than those who do not need them, it is not surprising that they would have higher rates of subsequent health complications and even death.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc

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