OFFERING up to half of Brits cheap blood pressure pills to slash their heart and stroke risk could cost lives, a study warns.
An NHS watchdog is considering lowering the eligibility threshold for the drugs – making them available to millions more Brits.
It follows new US guidelines from the American Heart Association, which adopted the lower blood pressure targets to include an extra 31 million adults.
But Australian medics claim interventions will only benefit one in five of these new patients.
Lead researcher Dr Katy Bell of the University of Sydney warned it could boost levels of anxiety.
Episodes are known to causes spikes in blood pressure.
Medicalising millions also raises the number of patients who could suffer side-effects from treatment, even though they have relatively low heart risk.