Hypertension Treatment

You have probably heard hypertension described as the silent killer, and the condition has earned this phrase because its effects on the human body may not be obvious until it’s too late. Fortunately, these days hypertension is well understood and there are plenty of ways to treat it, many of which are steps you can take on your own.
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3. Start Your Program

You’ll receive a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your goals. It’s that simple!

Start Managing your Hypertension

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension you know your numbers now and what numbers you should aim to lower it to. Your healthcare professional may have let you know that your lifestyle plays an important role in its treatment and control. And by making the appropriate lifestyle changes you may end up avoiding the need to take medication. How can you start?

Lose Some Weight

There is a definite relationship between hypertension and excess weight. As the weight increases, blood pressure rises as well. Also, as you gain weight and have difficulties breathing while you sleep, your blood pressure increases even more. Losing even a small amount of weight will make a difference in your blood pressure numbers. However, your main focus should be on your waistline since weight around your waist puts you at greater risk for hypertension.

Incorporate Exercise into Your Daily Life

Exercise is an extremely effective weapon against hypertension. And if you already have high blood pressure practicing some form of physical activity every day will help lower it. However, the impact of exercise is temporary. This means that if you stop, the numbers will go up again.

If you have never exercised, there is no need for you to start with extreme sports. A much more realistic approach is getting used to walking at least 30 minutes every day. You may later add or switch to jogging, cycling, swimming, or even having some fun dancing. Help yourself further by doing some strength training at least two or three times a week. If you are unsure as to how to develop an exercise program, your doctor can help.

Watch What You Eat

Diet is another important tool in your fight against high blood pressure. By adding more whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and vegetables while avoiding saturated fats, you should see an improvement in your numbers. It’s not easy to change the way we eat and you should tackle this point by making slow changes that you will be able to maintain for life.

If you don’t really know what food items you should eliminate, keeping a food diary even if only for a week, can shed some light on your problem items. By writing it down you will be able to shed light on what and how much you eat. And, to avoid further temptation, shop wisely, and don’t bring problem food items into your home.

Reduce Your Sodium Intake

Salt has a great impact on high blood pressure numbers. To decrease your intake of sodium, follow these tips:

  • Make a habit out of reading food labels and always go for the lower-sodium alternative.
  • Go for fresh fruits and vegetables rather than processed foods that tend to have sodium added.
  • Keep the salt shaker off the table and get used to eating without needing to add salt to your dishes.
  • As with exercise, get used to eating less salt slowly. Making drastic changes will not work in the long-term.

Drink Less Alcohol

Having one drink a day for women and two for men will actually help a bit with lowering your numbers. More than that can actually raise them by several points. And, if you are on medication, alcohol will reduce its effectiveness.

Don’t Smoke or Quit Smoking if You Do

Blood pressure rises whenever you smoke. Not smoking will benefit your overall health.

Manage Your Stress

Chronic stress is not a friend to high blood pressure. If you feel stressed, don’t resort to mindless eating or drinking alcohol, and don’t smoke. Practice relaxation strategies to lower your stress and try to avoid situations that stress you out.

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Your Doctor is The Best Ally in Your Fight Against Hypertension

Although it is recommended that you monitor your blood pressure regularly at home, it is also important to have follow-up visits with your doctor to keep tabs on your progress. Also, during those visits, your doctor may decide to add medication to your treatment if lifestyle changes don’t seem to be working or not as well as they should.

What medications are prescribed to treat high blood pressure?

The list of possible medications to treat hypertension is long. Among the medications your doctor may consider for your hypertension, you may find:

Thiazide Diuretics

These pills often called water pills, act on your kidneys to help them get rid of sodium and water. They tend to be the first medication prescribed.

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors

ACE inhibitors help relax blood vessels by blocking the formation of a natural chemical that narrows blood vessels.

Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs)

ARBs help relax blood vessels by blocking the action of a natural chemical that narrows blood vessels.

Calcium Channel Blockers

CCBs help relax the muscles of your blood vessels but in some cases, they may slow your heart rate.

Alpha Blockers

They reduce the effects of natural chemicals that narrow blood vessels.

Beta Blockers

Beta Blockers reduce the workload on your heart and open your blood vessels, causing your heart to beat slower and with less force.

Aldosterone Antagonists

These drugs block the effect of a natural chemical that can lead to salt and fluid retention.

Renin Inhibitors

They slow down the production of renin, an enzyme produced by your kidneys that starts a chain of chemical steps that increases blood pressure.

Vasodilators

These medications work directly on the muscles in the walls of your arteries, preventing the muscles from tightening and your arteries from narrowing.

FAQ:

Three ways to lower your blood pressure that you can tackle on your own are:

  • Reduce your weight
  • Incorporate exercise into your daily routine
  • Limit the amount of salt you consume

Studies have shown that, for most patients with hypertension, adding thiazide diuretics provide the best results as a first-line treatment to reduce morbidity and mortality due to high blood pressure.

A combination of lifestyle changes, such as monitoring your diet and salt intake, exercising, and consulting your doctor regarding the best medical option for you, will yield the best results. Your doctor´s prescription will take into account factors such as whether you suffer from diabetes or other conditions, whether you are at risk for heart attacks or strokes, and your age, to decide what medication is most appropriate for you.

Start walking or exercising right away. This will make your heart stronger and more efficient at pumping blood, thus lowering the pressure in your arteries. Aim for 150 minutes per week. At the same time, get used to eating with less salt

And remember, if you have been prescribed medication to control your hypertension it is important that you take it as prescribed. If you have trouble taking them, let your doctor know.

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