Why Take Hypertension Meds

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Submitted by Dr T on May 22, 2014 – 8:00am

Question: 
Hi Doctor,
My doctor wants to put me on an ACE inhibitor for my hypertension (160/100).  I asked him if he knew of any studies correlating longevity with long term use of BP meds, either double blind or cohort.  He avoided my question.
I can’t find such evidence.  It would be nice if there was something in the scientific literature that showed use of ACE inhibitors translated into, say, a seven year extension of lifespan in humans.  Surely this evidence exists?
Thanks!
Regards,
Usuff
Hi Usuff,
Patients with Hypertension also have a much higher incidence of other cardiac risk factors. If you want to lower your cardiac risk, take the ACE.
Hope this helps,

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