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 The Effective Treatment of High Blood Pressure 

 

An overview of the treatment of high blood pressure : 

Some of the best treatments for high blood pressure may involve incorporating lifestyle changes.  Some good examples are that people should maintain a desirable body weight and exercise regularly.  Also, many experts are recommending not drinking more than two ounces of alcoholic beverages (24 ounces of beer, 10 ounces of wine, or 2 ounces of whiskey) a day, and limiting the intake of salt.  It wouldn’t hurt, if people also learned to manage their stress a little better. Lifestyle changes are also a helpful part of your daily treatment of high blood pressure even if antihypertensives are needed, because it allows you to use lower doses of the medication. 

Treatment of your high blood pressure may also require that you consider that another medical condition may be one of the underlying problems.  If a drug is causing your high blood pressure you may want to discontinue it if you can. 

If these lifestyle changes do not help, you may need one or more antihypertensive drugs.  Currently, about three fourths of people with high blood pressure have to take antihypertensive medications. 

There are several types of antihypertensive drugs that are available and effective treatments for high blood pressure.  When selecting the most appropriate medication doctors consider several factors including the severity of the high blood pressure, whether there are other risk factors for heart attacks (such as diabetes or abnormal cholesterol levels), and whether the heart has been damaged.  They also look at whether side effects may occur.  Older people taking antihypertensive medications can actually make blood pressure fall too low in certain situations, for example, causing them to become dizzy when standing up, a disorder which is called orthostatic hypotension.  They immediately become lightheaded and sometimes fall.  Many antihypertensive drugs are effective and are frequently relatively free of side effects.  Some people take more than one type of high blood pressure medication. 

 

Thiazide diuretics (such as hydrochlorothiazide) are often given initially.  The diuretics may help to decrease the amount of water and salt excreted by the kidneys and may expand (dilate) your blood vessels. These medications have been found to be tremendously effective in assisting with the treatment for high blood pressure. 

Sometimes, beta-blockers are given at the beginning of your treatment of high blood pressure.  They slow the heart rate and reduce its contractions.  Beta-blockers and diuretics reduce the risk of heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure and strokes.

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Adapted from information from the Merck Manual of Health and Aging

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate                                      

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