High BP Treatment
High blood pressure most often does not exhibit symptoms and is therefore called the 'silent killer'. Medications are prescribed for high blood pressure or hypertension in medical terminology, based on the readings taken over a period of time. While some might need minimal doses, others would need intensive medical therapy.
Diuretics are used to reduce blood volume by eliminating sodium and water.
Beta Blockers reduce nerve impulses to the heart and blood vessels and cause the heart to work slower. These medications can interact with other medicines.
ACE inhibitors allow the blood vessels to relax by blocking the formation of Angiotensin II, that narrows blood vessels. A possible side effect is dry cough. These medicines can interact with other medications.
Calcium Channel blockers slow down the heart rate. They prevent calcium from entering the heart blood vessels.
Renin inhibitors reduce rate of renin production; which kicks a chain reaction that results in higher blood pressure.
Vasodilators, nervous system inhibitors and Alpha blockers are also used in high BP treatment or hypertension management.
Lifestyle changes to treat High Blood Pressure
1. Reduce salt intake.
2. Lead an active healthy life. Keep weight under control.
3. Eat a low-fat healthy diet. Eating foods rich in potassium and omega-3 fats are beneficial for overall heart health.
4. Quit smoking.
5. Cut down alcohol consumption.
6. Practice effective stress management. Stress can cause your blood pressure to temporarily rise and over time worsen into hypertension and lead to heart disease.
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Collection of Pages - Last revised Date: October 19, 2017