High Blood Pressure 2

Friday, May 17, 2013

While lifestyle changes alone may be enough to control high blood pressure in some people, others may need medication. What blood pressure medications are out there and what do they do? Dr. Edward Hill tells us in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Lifestyle choices such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and not smoking can improve your blood pressure but it may not be enough. Some people may also need to take medication.

Blood pressure medicines can safely help most people control their blood pressure. These medicines are easy to take. The side effects, if any, tend to be minor.

Blood pressure medicines work in different ways to lower blood pressure. Some remove extra fluid and salt from the body to lower blood pressure. Others slow down the heartbeat or relax and widen blood vessels. Often, two or more medicines work better than one.

Because all medications have side effects, its important to know as much as possible before taking them. Blood pressure medications can cause impotence, fatigue, low salt levels, dizzy spells and many other problems. Be sure to report any medication side effect to your physician. He or she might adjust the doses or prescribe other medicines.

Take charge of your health by controlling your blood pressure.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.