“The medical community thought that high blood pressure was the same for both sexes and treatment was based on that premise,” said Carlos Ferrario, M.D., professor of surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in a news release.
“We need to evaluate new protocols – what drugs, in what combination and in what dosage – to treat women with high blood pressure,” he says.
The American Heart Association calls high blood pressure the “silent killer.” Untreated, it can damage a person’s heart, brain, eyes and kidneys before the person notices any symptoms.
The only way a person can tell if they have high blood pressure is to have it checked by a professional. The Mayo Clinic has found blood pressure machines in grocery stores and drugstores aren’t accurate enough to be the basis for health decisions.