Hypertension: Patients prefer pill and tea than exercise to treat high blood pressure

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High blood pressure is often called the silent killer because it causes few or no symptoms. Generally, high blood pressure treatment involves a combination of medication and lifestyle changes. According to a new study, people would rather pop a pill or sip tea than exercise to help manage high blood pressure.
New York: High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most common health problems affecting among older people in many countries. Hypertension occurs when a person’s blood pressure increases to unhealthy levels. It is often called the silent killer because it causes few or no symptoms. The condition is associated with stroke, heart failure, and kidney dysfunction and is a major risk factor for heart-related death. Generally, high blood pressure treatment involves a combination of medication and lifestyle changes. According to a new study, people would rather pop a pill or sip tea than exercise to help manage high blood pressure.Basically, the researchers wanted to find out how people weigh the benefits of high blood pressure treatment options against its inconvenience. The “treatments” proposed in the study were: a daily cup of tea, exercise, pills or monthly or semi-annual injections. The results from the survey showed that 79 percent of respondents were willing to take a pill for an extra month of life, whereas 78 percent preferred drinking a daily cup of tea for one extra month of life. The study found that only 63 percent of respondents were willing to exercise for an extra month of life
“Our findings demonstrate that people naturally assign different weights to the pluses and minuses of interventions to improve cardiovascular health,” said lead author Erica Spatz, Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut. While “we are good about discussing side effects, rarely do we find out if other inconveniences or burdens may be impacting a person’s willingness to take a lifelong medication or to exercise regularly”.Only 68 percent preferred taking semi-annual injections if it would give them an extra month of life, the study said. In addition, a mere 20 percent wanted to achieve gains in life expectancy beyond what any of the individual interventions could provide.Earlier, a study of Chinese tea drinkers published in The Archives of Internal Medicine suggested that drinking little as a half-cup of green or oolong tea per day may lower the risk of high blood pressure by nearly 50%, reported WebMD. “A link between tea drinking and blood pressure reduction has been postulated for decades in general health care in Chinese populations,” said researcher Yi-Ching Yan, MD, MPH, of the medical college of National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and colleagues.According to the American Heart Association, getting regular physical activity, in addition to other lifestyle changes including eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol, managing stress, maintaining a healthy weight and quitting smoking.

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