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Hypertension - medication related
The goal of treatment is to reduce your blood pressure to below 140/90 (below 130/80 if you have diabetes or kidney disease). This will lower the risk of complications.
If possible, stop taking the substance that caused your hypertension. Your health care provider may adjust your treatment if your current medications are causing hypertension and you cannot stop taking these drugs.
Medications that may be used to lower blood pressure include:
Have your blood pressure checked regularly (as recommended by your health care provider) to monitor its response to treatment.
Lifestyle changes may be recommended, including:
Drug-induced hypertension is usually controllable with treatment. Treatment may need to be changed periodically.
Complications of untreated hypertension can include:
If you have high blood pressure, you will have regularly scheduled appointments with your doctor.
In between appointments, call your health care provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
Kaplan NM. Systemic hypertension: therapy. In: Libby P, Bonow RO, Mann DL, Zipes DP. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 41.
Victor RG, Kaplan NM. Systemic hypertension: mechanisms and diagnosis. In: Libby P, Bonow RO, Mann DL, Zipes DP. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 40.
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