The number of patients advised to take pills for early signs of high blood pressure will be tripled under new guidance.
Cardiac experts said the changes – aimed at preventing heart attacks and strokes – could save thousands of lives.
Draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommends one million adults with stage 1 symptoms should be offered the drugs
It compares with around 290,000 such cases who are currently eligible for treatment.
But GPs raised concerns about “overdiagnosis” – and whether the risks of side-effects could outweigh the benefits for such patients.
The new advice changes the eligibility thresholds for medication, meaning that far more…