Health and wellness Tag: hypertension

Over 66 million adults have high blood pressure and over half of people with high blood pressure are either not controlled, unaware of having it, or not being treated.  Chronic health problems such as type 2 diabeteshigh blood pressure, and high cholesterol are significant contributors to worse events such as heart attack, stroke etc.

Water pills, also known as diuretics, are a type of medication used to treat multiple medical problems including high blood pressurecongestive heart failure, and fluid retention. As a matter of fact, diuretics are probably the most effective means of providing symptomatic relief for people who are in symptomatic congestive heart failure. These medications act on various locations within the kidneys causing increased loss of body water through urination. 

Your health care provider may prescribe a category of medication called a calcium channel blocker (CCB) for multiple medical conditions including high blood pressureheart diseasestroke, and abnormal heart rhythm. Commonly prescribed CCB’s include amlodipine, nifedipine, felodipine, and diltiazem.

Beta blockers are a class of medication that your health care provider may provide to treat one or more medical conditions including high blood pressureheart disease, abnormal heart rhythms, and congestive heart failure. There are other reasons that a beta blocker may be prescribed for you including migraine headaches, tremors, and anxiety. You can easily determine if you have been prescribed a beta blocker by identifying the letters -lol at the end of the medications generic name. 

What Are ACE Inhibitors? ACE, or Angiotensin Converting Enzyme, Inhibitors are a class of medications that your healthcare provider may prescribe to help control high blood pressure or hypertension. High blood pressure is diagnosed by either 1. Systolic blood pressure (the top number of the blood pressure reading) consistently 140 mmHg or higher, or 2. Diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number of the blood pressure reading) consistently 90 mmHg or higher.