High blood pressure
When your blood pressure is too high, it means that the blood’s pressure flowing through your veins and pushing against your arteries is intense. Higher than normal pressure causes damage to the vascular walls. Even though to high blood pressure more commonly called “hypertension” is not considered a disease, hypertension does however significantly increases the risk of heart disease.
High blood pressure can happen unexpectedly. Obesity, lack of exercise, kidney impairment, unhealthy diet and excess alcohol consumption are all factors that contribute to high blood pressure
There are several medications that can help you reduce high blood pressure. The most common drugs are ACE inhibitors, diuretics and beta blockers. Calcium channel blockers (CCBs) and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) such as Amlodipine and Losartan can also aid in reducing blood pressure.
In the overview below you will find all the medications at a glance.
Note: Diet and exercise lifestyle changes are extremely important for managing blood pressure for a longer term.
A lot of times your blood pressure at the doctor's office will be higher than at home. Many people unknowingly experience stress at the (family) doctor, which makes your blood pressure rise. With your own blood pressure meter, you can give yourself an accurate picture of your blood pressure at rest. At Doktoronline you can also order blood pressure meters (sphygmomanometers) for managing blood pressure for a longer term.
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