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The ‘Bottom’ Blood Pressure Number Matters, Too

The ‘Bottom’ Blood Pressure Number Matters, Too

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest High Blood Pressure News THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to blood pressure readings, the “top” number seems to grab all the attention. But a large, new study confirms that both numbers are, in fact, critical in determining the risk of heart attack and stroke. Blood […]

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clonidine (Catapres, Catapres-TTS)

clonidine (Catapres, Catapres-TTS)

What is clonidine, and how does it work? Clonidine (Catapres, Catapres-TTS) is an oral and topical (applied to the skin) medication prescribed by a doctor for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). It acts by stimulating receptors on nerves in the brain that reduces the transmission of messages from nerves in the brain to […]

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triamterene and hydrochlorothiazide

triamterene and hydrochlorothiazide

What is triamterene and hydrochlorothiazide? What are the uses for triamterene and hydrochlorothiazide? Triamterene/hydrochlorothiazide is an oral diuretic (water pill) that is used for treating high blood pressure (hypertension) and edema (water accumulation). It is a combination of two different diuretics. The FDA approved triamterene/hydrochlorothiazide in December 1965. The kidneys control the amount of sodium […]

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Exercising When You Have High Blood Pressure

Exercising When You Have High Blood Pressure

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest High Blood Pressure News FRIDAY, July 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — High blood pressure is a serious risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other life-threatening medical conditions. While many people need medication and dietary changes to control their blood pressure, exercise is a key component of nearly every management […]

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methyldopa (Aldomet)

methyldopa (Aldomet)

What is methyldopa? What is methyldopa used for? Methyldopa is an oral medication used to lower blood pressure. Although the exact mechanism of action is not yet understood, methyldopa is thought to lower blood pressure by activating receptors (alpha-2 receptors) in the central nervous system and by reducing the concentration of epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, and […]

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telmisartan, Micardis

telmisartan, Micardis

What is telmisartan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Telmisartan is a member of a family of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), which includes losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), irbesartan (Avapro), and candesartan (Atacand). Angiotensin, formed in the blood by the action of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), is a powerful chemical that attaches […]

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furosemide (Lasix)

furosemide (Lasix)

What is furosemide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Furosemide (Lasix) is a potent diuretic (water pill) that is used to eliminate water and salt from the body. In the kidneys, salt (composed of sodium and chloride), water, and other small molecules normally are filtered out of the blood and into the tubules […]

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Air Pollution Bad News for Your Blood Pressure

Air Pollution Bad News for Your Blood Pressure

Latest High Blood Pressure News THURSDAY, June 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In yet another finding that shows air pollution is bad for more than just your lungs, a new study suggests long-term exposure could raise your risk of high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome includes a number of health conditions that increase […]

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Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs)

Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs)

What are calcium channel blockers and how do they work? In order to pump blood, the heart needs oxygen. The harder the heart works, the more oxygen it requires. Angina (heart pain) occurs when the supply of oxygen to the heart is inadequate for the amount of work that the heart must do. By dilating […]