Treating High Blood Pressure
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It's important to follow your doctor's instructions in treating high blood pressure. Find out more information about different treatments in this video.
Transcript: Since uncontrolled high blood pressure, or hypertension, leads to a multitude of health problems, it's...
Since uncontrolled high blood pressure, or hypertension, leads to a multitude of health problems, it's REALLY important to follow your doctor's INSTRUCTIONS and, if needed, to TAKE all medications as prescribed. Before your doctor puts you on meds, he or she will help you take charge of your lifestyle and diet. You may need to drink less alcohol, EAT more nutritiously, EXERCISE more, LOSE weight, QUIT smoking, and DE-stress. If such changes don't reduce your blood pressure, your doctor will likely prescribe a DIURETIC, commonly known as a water pill. This pill flushes your body of excess salt and water, relieving pressure on your blood vessels. Taking diuretics, particularly thiazides, may decrease your potassium levels-but they are usually the first choice because they have few other side effects. There are 2 other classes of diuretics-those that DON'T affect your potassium levels, and those that COMBINE the first 2 types. You and your doctor can decide which is best for you. If your blood pressure remains elevated, your doctor may prescribe a second, or alternate, medication that reduces your blood pressure in different ways. The options include: Beta blockers, which slow down your heartbeat. ACE or ARB inhibitors-THEY relax your blood vessels, which lowers pressure. CALCIUM CHANNEL blockers also relax blood vessels, but through a different process. There are still OTHER hypertension medications that doctors prescribe only when everything else doesn't work. They're stronger, and may come with additional side effects. They include: alpha blockers, vasodilators and renin inhibitors. They use different means toward the same end-blood vessel relaxation. ALL medications come with their own side effects. Your doctor will know what medication is best for you. Check out other videos in this series to learn more about high blood pressure.More »
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Referred to as the ‘silent killer’, hypertension can cause blindness, brain aneurysms and kidney failure. It is extremely important to be aware of complications of hypertension. Learn more by watching our video.
Transcript: Your heart pumps blood through your arteries and veins. The measure of that force is called BLOOD PRESSURE....
Your heart pumps blood through your arteries and veins. The measure of that force is called BLOOD PRESSURE. When your heart pumps HARDER than normal, the blood PUSHES more forcefully against the walls of your blood vessels, and that causes HYPERTENSION, or high blood pressure. Blood pressure of 140 over 90 OR higher signals high blood pressure. Hypertension gradually gets worse over the years, and it can lead to some SERIOUS complications. High blood pressure stretches the walls of your arteries, making it more likely that they'll RUPTURE and trigger a STROKE or aneurysm. If you have hypertension, your risk of stroke may be 10 times greater than normal. Hypertension is also a significant risk factor for heart disease. When blood pushes hard against arterial walls, TINY tears often form and create scar tissue. Cholesterol circulating through the bloodstream snags on and ACCUMULATES at those tiny tears. This can narrow the blood vessels and, IF left untreated, can trigger a HEART ATTACK. Hypertension can also trigger formation of blood clots wherever blood vessels are narrowed or damaged. A clot can block blood supply to different parts of your body, triggering a heart attack or stroke. Yet ANOTHER danger to your heart: over time, the heart's muscles and valves may become DAMAGED because of all the extra pressure on them. This CAN lead to heart failure. Finally, you should remember that hypertension doesn't just damage the cardiovascular system. When blood vessels are in trouble, multiple organs are ALSO at risk. Severe hypertension makes you more susceptible to brain aneurysms, blindness AND kidney failure. Hypertension often has no symptoms, which is why it's called the "silent killer." That's why you SHOULD get your blood pressure checked regularly at your doctor's office! Watch other videos in this series to learn more about hypertension and heart disease.More »
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Temperature and high blood pressure are related. Watch this video to see what changes you may need to make in winter.
Transcript: There's no denying the summer has its high points. Walking barefoot in the grass, longer days, even,...
There's no denying the summer has its high points. Walking barefoot in the grass, longer days, even, lower blood pressure. Yes, lower blood pressure can be a high point of summer. Turns out blood pressure decreases in the summer and increases as winter approaches. And it's true whether you live in Chicago or Miami. According to a decade-long study of more than 40,000 people, it's the seasonal CHANGE in temperature that makes the difference, not how BIG that change is or how cold the climate.Researchers think the fluctuation in blood pressure during cooler months is related to constriction of blood vessels. They also hypothesize that less exposure to sunlight, and, as a result, less production of vitamin D, contributes to the blood pressure rise. There are other seasonal-related factors to consider as well, such as possible weight gain and a slump in physical activity during colder months. Both can affect blood pressure. And remember, changes in outdoor temperature can make it necessary for you to change your treatment for high blood pressure. So have your blood pressure monitored regularly throughout the year - especially if you're going to cruise off to the Caribbean or jet-set to the Alps. For more information on how to keep your blood pressure in check, look into other videos in this series.More »
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