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High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure occurs when your blood flows with too much force through narrow arteries. This increased pressure called hypertension can cause other issues like a stroke or heart attack. There are many things to consider:

Risk factors

Tends to increase with age, obesity, poor lifestyle habits such as drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, family genetics, and inactivity.

Symptoms

Most of the time people don’t experience symptoms classifying it as a “silent killer”

Treatments

Change lifestyle choices such as exercising, eating better, quitting smoking, reducing stress.

Medication

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)

  • Diuretics

  • Beta-blockers

  • Calcium channel blockers

  • Alpha-blockers

  • Alpha-agonists

  • Renin inhibitors

  • Combination medications

White Mountain Pharmacy Tip

Try treatments that don’t require medications such as diet and exercise first. Consult your physician to then determine what other treatments with medication are viable.

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