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High Blood Pressure Medication



Blood Pressure Medication: High blood pressure affects millions of people in the United States alone, but various methods are available to treat symptoms of high blood pressure to ensure that complications such as heart disease and stroke are lessened.

Several common high blood pressure medication treatments are available, among them ACE inhibitors. An ACE inhibitor (angiotensin converting enzyme) helps to regulate blood pressure by blocking an enzyme that enables conversion of an inactive form of angiotensin to an active form. This active form of angiotensin serves to narrow arteries, causing more pressure within the arteries, while the inactive form can't.

High blood pressure medication therapies serve to improve blood pressure and control blood pressure in about fifty to sixty percent of the Caucasian population. Other races such as Asian and African Americans also show definitive improvement when using such high blood pressure medication, but must be given higher doses, which many times are combined with a diuretic.

A high blood pressure medication such as an ACE inhibitor also helps to reduce heart enlargement, or left ventricular hypertrophy, in patients suffering from hypertension, or high blood pressure. The ACE high blood pressure medication also slows down kidney failure or deterioration in patients who exhibit high levels of protein in their urine. The ACE inhibitor is usually the first high blood pressure medication that a physician will prescribe for a patient who also exhibits such conditions as congestive heart failure, diabetes, or chronic kidney failure.

However, a high blood pressure medication must be finely tuned when given to patients exhibiting signs of other medical conditions because other chemical and hormonal balances can alter their effectiveness in the body system. There are some side effects to ACE inhibitor drugs, the most common being coughing. Such common ACE inhibitor high blood pressure medication drugs include but are not limited to brand names such as Vasotec, Capoten, Accupril and Altace.

For patients who suffer not only high blood pressure but also secondary conditions resulting either from high blood pressure or other physical ailments, other high blood pressure medication choices are opted for. Used in conjunction with the ACE inhibitors, good results are usually expected when combining high blood pressure medication choices, but it's also important for patients to record and discuss any unpleasant or worrisome side effects to their doctor. Communication with your physician and a basic understanding of what high blood pressure is and does provides the key to understanding exactly what high blood pressure medication is supposed to do.

Another type of common high blood pressure medication is called a Beta Blocker. A beta-blocking high blood pressure medication serves to inhibit certain involuntary functions within the body, including heart rate. With high blood pressure, a beta-blocker high blood pressure medication serves to either stimulate or inhibit the function of certain muscle cells, including those of the heart and blood vessels.

Some beta-receptors increase not only the heart rate but the strength of each heart beat contraction. Other beta-blockers can slow the heart rate and the force of heart beat contractions. No matter what drug your doctor prescribes for you, try to learn as much about it as you can, including what it does and its possible side effects. After all, it's your high blood pressure medication.
 

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