High Blood Pressure 2

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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:

Doctors can tell from several readings over time if your average blood pressure is higher than normal. High blood pressure is one of the most common health problems in America.

Lifestyle choices such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and not smoking can improve your blood pressure. Some people may also need to take medication. Here are some of the common types:

Diuretics such as Lasix, HCTZ or hydrochlorothiazide, and Dyazide. These medications cause the kidneys to excrete more water and salt, thereby reducing blood volume and lowering blood pressure.

Beta-blockers such as Inderal, Lopressor and Toprol, lower blood pressure by reducing the force with which the heart pumps, and

ACE inhibitors like Captopril, Vasotec and Altace, help the arteries relax and lower the blood pressure.

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. Take charge of your health by controlling your blood pressure.

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