Hypertension Treatment

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

While lifestyle changes alone may be enough to control hypertension 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. Some people may also need to take medication.

These medications, known as antihypertensives, are available by prescription to lower high blood pressure.

Here are some of the common types:

Diuretics such as Lasix, Diuril 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 Capoten, 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. Be sure to report any medication side effect to your physician. Take charge of your health by controlling your blood pressure.

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