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How Are You Doing With Your BP Meds?

What are some possible side effects that blood pressure medications can have? What are you experiencing?  

Treating High Blood Pressure:
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Are There Ethnic Differences Concerning Why Hypertension Occurs?

Wednesday April 23, 2014

All  of us are different, and while the goal is to personalize care it is impossible to ignore research that examines certain ethnic  differences concerning  high blood pressure. It is is these subtle differences that can help personalize treatment even more. The MESA Study (Multi Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) was a study that examined the levels of certain blood pressure hormones as well as the risk of developing high blood pressure in the white, black, and Hispanic populations. They noted different levels of  these hormones in the different ethnic groups.  In another  newly released study from the journal Hypertension, it looks at the levels of renin and aldosterone levels in black males. Levels of renin and aldosterone can be lower in black males according to this study. In addition, black males  and Hispanic males seem to be more sensitive to the actions of aldosterone if you look at the results of these two studies.  I am going to talk about the potential implications of this in a future blog post, but it is first important to understand what these levels mean and how health professionals may use these levels clinically.

Is it just prescription medications and nothing else?

Friday April 11, 2014

There is more to treating high blood pressure than just the prescription of blood pressure lowering medications and nothing else. There are other more  holistic based therapies that  you can do to help treat your blood pressure. Read here about more organic basedtherapies that you can add to your treatment regiment that can help lower your blood pressure and help you feel better.

Is hypertension being redefined?

Tuesday April 8, 2014

With the newest hypertension guidelines being refined, it has changed the way that may health professionals are looking at and managing hypertension. The most difficult aspect  for many health professionals is adapting guidelines to clinical practice especially when there guidelines can sometimes be contrary to one another. Whom do you listen to? Whom should you follow?

Blood Pressure Medications Increase Risk of Falling

Friday April 4, 2014

You are at an increased risk of falling if you are started on a new blood pressure medications. This is very important to be aware of especially in the elderly population. What else should you be told when starting a new blood pressure lowering medication?

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