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Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs)

Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs)

What are angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs? How do they work (mechanism of action)? Angiotensin II is a very potent chemical formed in the blood that causes muscles surrounding blood vessels to contract, thereby narrowing the vessels. This narrowing increases the pressure within the vessels and can cause high blood pressure (hypertension). Angiotensin II receptor blockers […]

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losartan (Cozaar)

losartan (Cozaar)

What is losartan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Losartan is an oral medication that belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). Other ARBs include irbesartan (Avapro), valsartan (Diovan), and candesartan (Atacand). Angiotensin formed in the blood by the action of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) is a powerful chemical […]

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Enlist a Pharmacist to Help Manage High Blood Pressure

Enlist a Pharmacist to Help Manage High Blood Pressure

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest High Blood Pressure News WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease and stroke, yet has no symptoms of its own. That’s why having your blood pressure checked regularly is a must, as is controlling it if it’s […]

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Beta Blockers: Why Take a Beta Blocker?

Beta Blockers: Why Take a Beta Blocker?

Medical Author: Melissa Stöppler, MDMedical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR Beta blockers are a common class of prescription drugs that counteract the stimulatory effects of adrenaline (epinephrine) on what are called the beta receptors. These receptors are found in many tissues of the body including the nervous system and heart. When beta […]

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ARBs and ACE Inhibitors..Hidden Benefits

ARBs and ACE Inhibitors..Hidden Benefits

From Our Archives The goal of treating high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) traditionally has been to reduce the blood pressure to a certain level (e.g., to less than 140/90). More recently, however, it has become apparent that how you lower the blood pressure (that is, what drugs you use) is also important. It seems […]

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Salt, DASH, High Blood Pressure

Salt, DASH, High Blood Pressure

DOCTOR’S ARCHIVE Medical Author: Dwight Makoff, M.D.Medical Editor: Leslie J. Schoenfield, M.D., Ph.D. Patients often ask what changes in life style can contribute to improving their blood pressure. In response, we doctors often recommend that reducing body weight, decreasing intake of dietary salt, and limiting consumption of alcohol can be beneficial. However, we need to […]

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Inherited High Blood Pressure in a Teenager

Inherited High Blood Pressure in a Teenager

Essential (primary) hypertension, which is high blood pressure of unknown cause, generally develops in the middle years. The onset of hypertension in the teenage years or after the age of sixty, therefore, should raise a question about its underlying cause. Could the elevated blood pressure be secondary to kidney (renal) disease, a disruption in the […]

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Hypertension In The Elderly – Deserves More Attention

Hypertension In The Elderly – Deserves More Attention

Dr. Marvin Moser, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University, recently reviewed in a medical publication the topic of high blood pressure (hypertension) in octogenarians (people in their 80’s). In this article, I will summarize some of the very important points that he made. Hypertension (defined as a blood pressure over 140/90 mm Hg) affects […]