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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...
Hypertension is blood pressure that is often higher than 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
HBP; Blood pressure - high
Blood pressure can vary throughout the day and change with activity. A blood pressure measurement has two numbers:
The top (systolic) number is the blood pressure during the heartbeat.
The bottom (diastolic) number is the blood pressure between beats.
According to the American Heart Association, adults should normally have a blood pressure less than 120/80 mm Hg.
Pre-hypertension is when the top number is 120-139 mm Hg and the bottom number is over 80-89 mm Hg on most measurements. If you have pre-hypertension, you are likely to develop high blood pressure at some time in your life, unless you make lifestyle changes.
High blood pressure can affect all types of people. You have a higher risk of high blood pressure if you have a family history of the disease. High blood pr...
A few years back I received a phone call from one of the local hospitals and was told that my husband had been taken by ambulance to the emergency room. I'll cut to the chase and let you know right away that the reason for this particular panic was that his blood pressure had spiked to 170/110, and he thought he was having a heart attack.
While he probably qualified as overweight at the time, he was a good number of pounds shy of obese and actually in pretty good shape. He was attentive to the signals his body was sending, but he did nothing to address those signals. The hypertension he had then and takes medication for now went unaddressed until he had some time to contemplate mortaltiy in the back of an ambulance.
Hypertension usually does not provide too many warning signs, and is often referred to as the silent killer. Although my husband's body put him on alert, he paid no attention and was among the one-third of Americans who run the risk for heart attack or stroke...
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