12 Hypertension Medication Recommendations

Your doctor may prescribe medication you can take to lower high blood pressure. It is a good idea to keep the following guidelines in mind when you're taking prescription drugs.

1. Know the names of your medications and how they work. Know the generic and brand names, dosages, and side effects of the drugs. Always keep a list of your medications with you.

2. Let every doctor you see know what drugs you take and if your medication or dosage has changed since your last visit.

3. Take medications as scheduled, at the same time every day. Do not stop taking or change your medications unless you first talk with your doctor. Even if you feel good, continue to take your medications. Stopping drugs suddenly can make the condition worse.

4. Have a routine for taking medications. For example, using a pillbox marked with the days of the week, fill the pillbox at the beginning of each week to make it easier to remember.

5. Keep a medication calendar and note every time you take a dose. Prescription labels tells you how much to take at each dose, but your doctor may change the dosage periodically, depending on your response to the drug. On your medication calendar, you can list any changes in dosages as prescribed by your doctor.

6. Do not decrease your medication dosage to save money. You must take the full amount to get the full benefits. If cost is a problem, talk with your doctor about ways you can reduce the costs of your medications.

7. Do not take any over-the-counter drugs or herbal therapies unless you ask your doctor first. Some drugs may interact with each other causing undesirable effects.

8. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses to make up for the dose you missed.

9. Regularly fill prescriptions and ask the pharmacist any questions you have. Do not wait until you are completely out of medication before filling prescriptions. If you have trouble getting to the pharmacy, have financial concerns, or have other problems that make it difficult for you to get your medications, let your doctor know.

10. When traveling, keep drugs with you so you can take them as scheduled. On longer trips, take an extra week's supply of medications and copies of your prescriptions, in case you need to get a refill.

11. Before having surgery with a general anesthetic, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist in charge what drugs you are taking. An antibiotic may need to be prescribed prior to a surgical or dental procedure. Also, let the doctor know if you are taking aspirin and/or any other blood thinners.

12. Some drugs may alter your heart rate, so take your pulse regularly. Drugs that relax constricted blood vessels may cause dizziness. If you experience dizziness when standing or getting out of bed, sit or lie down for a few minutes. This will increase your blood pressure. Then get up more slowly.

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Midday Napping Could Help Lower BP in Patients Treated for Hypertension

In a cohort of middle-aged patients with well-controlled hypertension, those who took a long midday nap appeared to have better blood-pressure control that their peers, in a new study.

Asked about the seemingly indulgent amount of midday sleep, Kallistratos admitted to heartwire from Medscape that "people who don't work have the luxury to sleep for about 60 minutes." Sixty minutes also corresponded to a drop in blood pressure that is associated with "a meaningful decrease in risk of cardiovascular events," whereas a shorter nap may not have shown this effect.Midday sleep was associated with a 6-mm-Hg lower average systolic blood pressure, he noted in a press conference today. "Six mm Hg is a small amount, but we have to keep in mind that reductions of 2 mm Hg may decrease the risk of cardiovascular events by up to 10%," he said.

To heartwire , session comoderator Dr JR Gonzalez Juanatey (Hospital Clínico Universitario de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain) agreed with this potential mechanism. "The message for hypertensive, high-risk patients is that a short nap after lunch could exert a positive cardiovascular effect," he said."The benefit seems to continue after the midday nap, because we observed a change in blood pressure at night and a change in dipping status," he emphasized. "My feeling is this is due to the decrease in sympathetic 'overdriving,' " he said

A Midday Snooze

Is a midday nap just a habit, or is it beneficial for patients with hypertension? This is the question Kallistratos and colleagues aimed to answer.

They performed a prospective study that enrolled 200 men and 186 women with a mean age of 61 years and a mean blood pressure of 129/76 mm Hg. "Their blood pressure was well controlled " Kallistratos noted. The patients had other cardiovascular risk factors: they were generally overweight (mean body-mass index [BMI] 28.8), and 57% had dyslipidemia, 27% had diabetes, and 31% smoked.

Patients were classified as midday "nappers" or "nonnappers," based on their replies to questions asking if and when they napped.

After adjusting for age, gender, BMI, smoking status, salt, alcohol intake, exercise, and coffee consumption, the researchers found that the patients who took a midday nap had a 5% lower average 24-hour ambulatory systolic blood pressure than patients who did not sleep at all at midday.

Compared with patients who did not take midday naps, those who did had lower average daytime systolic BP when they were awake (126 mm Hg vs 131 mm Hg) and average nighttime systolic blood-pressure readings that were 7 mm Hg (6%) lower (115 mm Hg vs 122 mm Hg).

Kallistratos acknowledged that this was an observational study; "however, it would be difficult to randomize patients to sleep or not sleep at midday, he said.

It is possible that the findings would be different in patients with uncontrolled hypertension. "We will continue the study including patients with untreated, uncontrolled hypertension and healthy subjects" to see if the blood-pressure decrease is the same, he said.

Life Insurance after a Stroke

Post written and approved by Peggy Mace.

Did you know that you can get life insurance after suffering a stroke? If you are over the age of 39, life insurance policies are offered that do not ask any health questions. Whether your stroke is mild or severe, these “guaranteed issue” policies will enable you to obtain up to $25,000 of permanent coverage without any exam or phone interview. You don’t even have to be able to sign your name. These policies are truly a godsend for people who wonder whether having a stroke will prevent them from getting life insurance.

Some caveats. Not every state offers guaranteed issue policies under age 50. And I don’t know of any guaranteed issue policies available to persons over age 80. However, by having a number of policies to choose from or refer you to, we are able to find life insurance for nearly every stroke survivor who contacts us.

For those who are still able to perform all their own ADL’s (activities of daily living) after a stroke, there are more options available. Some are called “simplified issue” policies. These ask a limited number of health questions, and as long as you can answer “no” to those questions, you can get the policy. One of those questions is, “Have you had a stroke in the past ___ years?” If your stroke occurred more than that number of years ago and you can answer no to the other health questions, you can get the policy. This type of policy can be obtained by many stroke victims, even under the age of 40. Simplified issue policies come in both term and permanent choices.

Finally, persons who had a very mild stroke at an older age may be able to get “regular” life insurance. The life insurance underwriters will look at their exam and medical records to get the applicant’s total health profile. If their stroke has not caused much damage, and the risk of having another stroke is small, these stroke survivors can possibly get as much life insurance as they want, and at affordable rates. Again, this type of coverage comes in term, universal life, or whole life options.

Having a stroke is a traumatic experience, but getting life insurance after a stroke does not have to be traumatic. Using life insurance professionals who understand when to “shoot for the stars” and when to “take what you can get” can greatly alleviate the stress of finding coverage. Experienced stroke life insurance agents will also ensure that your application results in the desired policy.

I will gladly answer any of your questions or assist you in this endeavor, and applaud you for your courage and hard work in living your life to the fullest after your stroke.

Peggy Mace, CEO and Senior Agent, Outlook Life
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Importance of Blood Pressure Chart To Prevent Hypertension

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Blood pressure is a highly overlooked disease that has been proven fatal for some. There are lots of people who suffer from high blood pressure and may not know it. It is actually common as it affects more than 3 million people in the US alone.

According to Blood Pressure Magazine, normal blood pressure for adults is about 120/80 mm Hg. So, you're probably wondering, what is high blood pressure and also what does 120 and 80 mean? An individual’s blood pressure is typically expressed by the systolic pressure over diastolic pressure and is measured in millimeters of mercury.

Blood pressure is the pressure exerted by circulating blood upon the walls of blood vessels. This type of circulation is typically measured at a person’s upper arm.

Having your blood pressure too low and also be fatal. While having high blood pressure is called Hypertension, having your blood pressure too low is called Hypotension. Chronic hypertension is a risk factor for many complications, including peripheral vascular disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Individuals who are older are the ones who should be more careful about their blood pressure. Anxiety, depression, mania or mind altercation drugs can significantly increase your blood pressure temporarily. As this blood pressure chart from Blood Pressure Magazine details:

Blood pressure chart for men and women, ages 15 to 19

105 over 73 mmHg readings would be considered the lowest your BP should measure. Your BP may be in the middle of the chart, which is 117 over 77 or it may be slightly higher at 120 over 81 mm Hg. If your BP is measuring lower than these lows, you might be feeling faint and passing out. If your BP is higher, you may have headaches and heart-pounding sensations. Ask your doctor what a healthy blood pressure is for you and learn how to take your own BP either with a blood pressure cuff or a wrist cuff.

Ages 20 to 24

108 over 75 is the low healthy range for this age group. The middle range is 120 over 79 and the higher range is 132 over 83. It’s a good idea to have your BP checked annually, and if it’s high, keep a close eye on it.

Ages 25 to 29

109 over 76 is the low range. 121 over 80 is the middle range, and 133 over 84 would be considered the highest range. Your blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day depending on your level of activity. Have your doctor check your BP at different times to get an accurate base reading?

Ages 30 to 34

110 over 77 is the low range. 122 over 81 is the medium range, and 134 over 85 is the higher range. Are you checking your BP daily? If not and you have been slightly high before you may wish to learn how and keep track of it.

Ages 35 to 39

111 over 78 is the low range, 123 over 82 is the middle range, and 135 over 86 is the high range. If you’re edging toward the high range, ask your doctor what you can do to help keep your BP lower.

Ages 40 to 44

112 over 79 is the low range, 125 over 83 is the middle range, and 137 over 87 is the high range. Are you taking a daily walk and watching your salt intake? If not ask your doctor if you need to do so for your blood pressure sake.

Ages 45 to 49

115 over 80 is the low range, 127 over 84 is the middle range, and 139 over 88 is the high range. If you find yourself edging toward the higher range be sure to tell your doctor and follow his or her health advice.

Ages 50 to 54

116 over 81 is the low range, 129 over 86 is the middle range, and 142 over 89 is the high range. Hypertension is often called the silent killer because patients don’t necessarily feel the symptoms.

Ages 55 to 59

118 over 82 is the low range, 131 over 86 is the middle range, and 144 over 90 is the high range. If you’re a smoker, you suffer a higher risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

BP chart for women and men, ages 60 to 64

121 over 83 is the low range, 134 over 87 is the middle range, and 147 over 91 is the higher range. Women’s blood pressure may run slightly lower than the above charts list. This is normal and to be expected. If they don’t run lower, you may be at a higher risk for the condition.

Most patients don’t realize they have hypertension. If you’re experiencing unexplained headaches, dizziness, a pounding in your ears, nose bleeds, it can be symptoms of hypertension disease, and you need to contact a doctor for medical treatment.

You may be at a higher risk for hypertension on the above blood pressure chart if you are a smoker. Any type of tobacco can put you into the higher blood pressure category which is where you need to start keeping a close eye on your BP.

If you’re overweight, diabetic or you have a family history of hypertension your doctor will want to monitor your BP more closely. It’s important to exercise at least 30 minutes every day. If you’re more sedate, you are in a higher risk bracket.

Women who are over 40, in menopause or have a close family member with the condition need to be particularly aware of the condition and watchful. Men who are over 45 and women over 55 is at a higher risk for hypertension. Those who drink more than two drinks of alcohol in a day are considered higher risk.

If you have one or more of the conditions as listed above, you may wish to consult with your doctor about your best course of action to prevent HBP. Your doctor will likely suggest that you adjust your lifestyle to prevent the possibility of suffering from the condition. Your doctor will want to see you annually, and if your BP is up according to their blood pressure chart you may be asked to change a habit, exercise more, stop your intake of salt and possibly put on a medication.

Some medications work as a diuretic to drain off excess water from your body and thus lower your blood pressure. Other medications work to slow your heart rate. Often a doctor will prescribe more than one medication.

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