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Pregnancy is such a blissful time. We do, however know, that many, many things can go wrong or create a complicated health picture during those 9 special months. On the one hand, many women feel it's a time to throw caution to the wind and put up their feet - "no exercise demands on me!!" - and eat the kitchen sink - "If I can't eat everthing I want now, when can I??" The problem with that attitude is that you are:
(a) Not creating a healthy "living environment" for your growing fetus. What you are eating is transmitting to your growing baby and easily setting the stage, in this case, for an overweight infant or child with health issues down the road.
(b) You are putting yourself (and again, the baby by association) at risk for diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), among other health problems.
A lot has been written about gestational diabetes , which is the development of diabetes during pregnancy, and it's aftermath, which is the r...
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...
Introduction High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is elevated pressure of the blood in the arteries. Hypertension results from two major factors, which can be present independently or together: The heart pumps blood with excessive force. The body's smaller blood vessels (known as the arterioles ) narrow, so that blood flow exerts more pressure against the vessels' walls. Blood pressure is the force applied against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body. The pressure is determined by the force and amount of blood pumped and the size and flexibility of the arteries. Although the body can tolerate increased blood pressure for months and even years, eventually the heart may enlarge (a condition called hypertrophy ), which is a major factor in heart failure .
Click the icon to see an image of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Such pressure can also injure blood vessels in the heart, kidneys, the brain, and the eyes. Two numbers are used to describe blood pressure: ...
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