I know it is way past due that I write, but since the last surgery , I've had another minor one and have been literally in a doctor's office, hospital, or blood donor room every day for the last three weeks. This is my first day where I have no medical duties to adhere to.
I did get a little camera, so I am working on getting some material to put up on this site so you maybe can actually put a face to a name and join along with the experience.
I had a surgery to put a catheder through my chest, rib cage, and into my heart so I can get chemo, bloodwork, a fun thing called leukaphoresis - all while not getting poked so much.
From the beginning, I went from the operating room to the Hope Lodge , where I will be staying until this is over, hopefully by mid-November. After the operation, I was in the hospital getting chemo for the next three days. I did not get sick, but had the usual fatigue. With chemo comes a shot in the abdo...
<p><strong>What Is Hypertension? </strong></p>
<p>Hypertension (high blood pressure) is characterized by a persistent increase in the force that the blood exerts upon the walls of the arteries. It is normal for this force to increase with stress or physical exertion, but with hypertension, blood pressure is high even at rest.</p>
<p>Because blood pressure in the arteries rises and falls with each heartbeat, it is measured with two numbers: <strong>systolic</strong> (the top number in a reading) and <strong>diastolic</strong> (the bottom number). The systolic number reflects the force of blood against the arterial walls each time the heart contracts. Diastolic pressure refers to the pressure within the arteries as the heart relaxes and refills with blood (which explains why the diastolic number is always lower than the systolic measurement).</p>
<p>Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (abbr...
Medications Several classes of drugs are used to treat hypertension. Diuretics Diuretics help the kidneys get rid of excess salt and water. They are the mainstays of anti-hypertensive therapy and are often the first type of drug selected for most people with hypertension. They are also especially helpful for treating patients with heart failure, patients with isolated systolic hypertension, the elderly, and African-Americans. (African-Americans are more likely to be salt-sensitive, so they respond well to these drugs.) They also work well for patients with diabetes. Diuretics are often used in combination with other antihypertensive drugs. There is strong evidence that diuretics work just as well as newer drugs in lowering blood pressure and are more effective in preventing heart failure, heart attack, and stroke. Diuretic Types and Brands. The three main types of diuretics include: Thiazide diuretics. These include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Hygroton), indapamide (Lozol), hyd...
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