My doctor didn't give me one of the new drugs that are good for my blood pressure. Is this because she is not up to date? Recently the New York Times ran an editorial and several pieces on the "Op Ed" page about lecturers having conflicts of interest when giving such lectures. I am currently on a plane preparing to give grand rounds to doctors at a community hospital on the subject of hypertension control. At this particular hospital, and others at which I have lectured, they were quite careful to make sure that I disclose any such conflicts. As do many other physicians, I receive indirect support for some of my research from drug companies. It is indirect because the research that I do has to do with adjudication (or judging) of adverse events, reporting of side effects, and what is called "investigator initiated research" (not related to the use of the drug or device, directed at finding out why the disease does what it does). As such, the type of...
Question I've got high blood pressure. Most of the medication that my doctor has prescribed keeps me from having proper erections. Right now, I've been on Ismelin (guanethidine) for a long time. Are there any lifestyle changes I can make so I can have a proper sex life with my partner? Answer By Dr. Owens at Sexualhealth.com Erections are caused by increased blood flow to the penis. Medications against high blood pressure act by lowering the blood pressure in the entire body, also affecting the blood supply to the penis. Therefore it often becomes difficult for men taking this type of medication to achieve the increased blood flow necessary for having proper erections. A good resource book for various medications' sexual side effects is Sexual Pharmacology. Drugs That Affect Sexual Function by Crenshaw & Goldberg (1996) . Sexual side effects of guanethidine include impaired erectile function. Preferable alternatives are prazosin or similar alpha1blockers, calcium blockers...
If you live with high blood pressure , you're familiar with the side effects of anti-hypertensive medications. Fortunately, medications are not the only way to rein in high blood pressure. Lifestyle plays a key role. By altering some choices you make, you can avoid or reduce the need for medications. Here are 9 steps that will start you towards blood pressure control.
1. Put out the cigarette .
There is a significant blood pressure rise with every cigarette you smoke.
2. Pour out the liquor.
More than two alcoholic drinks daily for men and one for women can elevate blood pressure. One drink is equal to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 ½ ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.
3. Get off the couch.
Inactivity equals an increased heart rate. Increased heart rate means the heart must pump harder and exert more force on artery walls. Shoot for 30 mi...
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