Patient discussion about hypertension

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Q. What Is the Treatment for Hypertension?

I have a slightly elevated blood pressure. What is the initial possible treatment?
A1There are several medications that are used for hypertension. You have to check up with your doctor to get the right medications which best suits you. Here are few medications that are used in the treatment of high blood pressure
Generic Accupril (Quinapril hydrochloride)
Generic Aldactone (Spironolactone)
Generic Altace (Ramipril)
Generic Atenolol-Chlorthalidone
Generic Avapro (Irbesartan)
Generic Betoptic (Betaxolol)
Generic Bisoprolol (Bisoprolol Fumarate)
Generic Caduet (Amlodipine)
Generic Calan (Verapamil)
Generic Capoten (Captopril)
Generic Lisinopril
Generic Lisinopril-HCTZ
Generic Lopressor (Metoprolol)
Generic Lotensin (Benazepril)
Generic Lotrel (Benazepril and amlodipine)
Generic Lozol (Indapamide)
Generic Micardis HCT (Telmisartan - hydrochlorothiazide)
Generic Microzide (Hydrochlorothiazide)
Generic Monopril there are still lot more medications used

You can find information the side effects of these drugs at
http://www.internationaldrugmart.com/pri
A2The first step in reducing high blood pressure is making some lifestyle changes: starting from the food you eat (keeping a low fat, high fiber and low sodium diet), trying to lose weight, exercising on a regular basis, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption. These basic actions will lead to a decrease in blood pressure and may solve the problem without the need of using medications.
A3The initial treatment for high blood pressure (hypertension) is primarily based on lifestyle modification- a non pharmacological treatment. Weight reduction and regular aerobic exercise are recommended as the first steps in treating mild to moderate hypertension. Regular mild exercise improves blood flow and helps to reduce resting heart rate and blood pressure. Reducing sodium (salt) diet is proven very effective as well: it decreases blood pressure in about 60% of people and many people choose to use a salt substitute to reduce their salt intake. Additional dietary changes beneficial to reducing blood pressure includes the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which is rich in fruits and vegetables and low fat or fat-free dairy foods - see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo8IQVAVh_o

Q. Does Ameal BP lower high blood pressure?

AThe answer is, CURRENTLY, not. Milk proteins (the class that Ameal BP belongs to) do lower blood pressure in lab studies, but trials in humans have shown mixed results. You should remember that it may interfere with other drugs you may take, so first consult your doctor if it's safe for you.
You may try it and see if it works or not.

Q. What Are the Complications of High Blood Pressure?

My wife suffers from high blood pressure. What are the possible complications that are so dangerous? Why is it important to keep high blood pressure under balance?
A1While elevated blood pressure alone is not an illness, it often requires treatment due to its short and long-term effects on many organs. The risk is increased for: Cerebrovascular accident (CVAs or strokes), myocardial infarction (heart attack), hypertensive cardiomyopathy (heart failure due to chronically high blood pressure),hypertensive retinopathy - damage to the retina, hypertensive nephropathy- chronic renal failure due to chronically high blood pressure and hypertensive encephalopathy- confusion, headache and convulsions due to edema in brain that can lead to death. Therefore, it is considered very important to reduce blood pressure to normal levels with strict medical supervision.
A2Persistent high blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the risk factors for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure and arterial aneurysm, and is a leading cause of chronic kidney failure. Even moderate elevation of arterial blood pressure leads to shortened life expectancy. Hypertension along with diabetes for instance, causes a very increased risk to develop nephropathies (kidney disease) and retinopathies (severe eye damage that can lead to blindness). It is highly recommended to keep blood pressure balanced under proper medical treatment, in order to avoid these severe complications.

Q. what is good for high cholesteral and blood pressure?

my friend just had a stroke and what because of that what can we give him to help him out?
Ai'm pretty sure that if he had a stroke- he went tho the hospital and saw a Dr. and if that's true, he probably advised your friends about medical care for cholesterol and blood pressure. so what you can do is help from the friend position- start going with him to the gym, the best help for those conditions are loosing weight and sport. and to do that you have to be persistent in your sport activity. this is much much easier to do with a friend!
are you apt to it?

Q. I would like some information on high blood pressure, Paul

AIt's diagnosed by measuring the blood pressure several times, it doesn't cause any symptoms but in the long run it's very dangerous. It can be treated quite successfully with medications, although they have to be taken indefinitely.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000468.htm

Q. My father is suffering from high blood pressure and liver problem.

I’m looking for help. My father is suffering from high blood pressure and liver problem. While searching the web I came to know of Chinese medicine. I like to try Chinese herbs to get rid of his entire problem. But I have a great confusion and no clear idea of Chinese medicine? Do you have any suggestions? I would really appreciate any help.
A1I prefer Justin's answer, you SHOULD always consult anything with your medical doctor. I never say that Chinese Medicine is bad, but the only lack is a lot of western-knowledge-based medical doctors are :
1. don't understand how chinese medicine works (because they cannot understand the language)
2. don't believe it because there are only few (or even none) published studies like clinical trial to have a evidence-based-medication

So, often chinese medicine can be combined with western medication, but for this you SHOULD contact your doctor and discuss that with him/her.

I have an experience of a patient with cancer, that believed too much on chinese medicine, and she rejected being treated with hospital standard procedure, the next 2 months, she died of that cancer. (the explanation is either the chinese medicine was totally wrong for this patient, or chinese medicine is not enough to treat that cancer alone)
A2the problem with chinese medicine in that case is that it's consisted of herbal remedies that often contain variable amounts of medicinal substances that are naturally found in plants. the problem is that it can get an unwanted interaction between them. this is why i recommend going to a doctor that studied regular medicine and Chinese medicine (there are quite a few of those!) and he may help you best.

A3Hello Kennedy, I’m 65 and having the same problem. I have been taking a Chinese herbal medicine which my TCM doctor prescribed to treat my liver and pressure complaint. And I feel good now. Taking meds without consulting doctor is not good, am telling this from my experience. So consult your nearby TCM doctor without fail. Good Luck, I wish your dad a speedy recovery.

Q. i just recovered from MRSA my blood pressure is very high is there a coalation between all the IV antibotics

I was given the strongest antibiotics through IV and now that I'm home for a week my blood pressure is out of control
Awow...getting MRSA is not a walk in the park...the treatment is usually with Vancomycin which is a very strong antibiotic that can cause several adverse affects. i know that it cause damage to some blood cells (white, platelets etc.) and can be toxic to the kidney. high blood pressure can indicate kidney problems. in that case you should inform your doctor IMMEDIATELY!
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