High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure

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High Blood Pressure

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Welcome to our High Blood Pressure treatment service

High blood pressure affects around a quarter of adults in the UK but many people don’t suspect they have it because symptoms rarely show. The easiest method to detect if you have high blood pressure is to have your reading regularly monitored, either by your GP or local pharmacist or using a blood pressure monitor yourself at home. If high blood pressure is left untreated indefinitely, it may trigger a hypertensive response. A hypertensive response is a drastic increase in blood pressure that can potentially result in a stroke.

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Who is most at high getting high blood pressure?

There is no definitive cause of high blood pressure, however, the chances of developing it increases with we age. Further, your chances of developing high blood pressure may enhance if you are:

  • - Aged over 65
  • - Overweight
  • - A smoker
  • - African or Caribbean descent
  • - A frequent drinker

 

How to lower blood pressure?

As a consequence, you may wish to introduce healthier habits to prevent high blood pressure from developing and minimise the requirement for medication. Some of these alterations may reduce pressure within a month:

  • - Cut down on alcohol
  • - Cut down on caffeine
  • - Exercise regularly
  • - Eat a healthy and nutritious diet
  • - Eat less salt
  • - Stop smoking


Prescription blood pressure treatments

Most blood pressure treatments, known as antihypertensives, are available by prescription to reduce high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension).

There are various categories of high blood pressure treatments and they include a number of different drugs. 

Diuretics

Diuretics assist the body in getting rid of excess sodium (salt) and water to facilitate controlling blood pressure. They are commonly administered in conjunction with supplementary prescription therapies.

Beta-blockers

Beta-blockers lower the heart rate and workload of the heart as well as the output of blood, which reduces blood pressure.

ACE inhibitors

Angiotensin is a chemical that narrows the arteries, especially in the kidneys as well as the whole body. ACE stands for Angiotensin-converting enzyme. ACE inhibitors help the body generate fewer angiotensin, which allows the blood vessels to calm and widen, which lowers blood pressure.