Managing High Blood Pressure With & Without Prescriptions
Now that you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, what are you going to do about it? You
can take the casual approach and reason that everyone has it so how serious could it be and
continue to do the things you always did—eat what you want, smoke, drink alcohol to excess. Or
you can take the diagnosis very seriously—listen to everything your doctor has to tell you and
do everything he or she suggests you do—modify your diet, quit smoking and drink alcohol in
moderation, if at all.
And if your doctor prescribes medication, how are you going to take it—as prescribed or when
you feel like it? Choosing the right high blood pressure medication for your particular weight,
health status, age, may be difficult, which is why you have to take it just as prescribed, everyday,
so your medical team can gauge your progress. Unfortunately, blood pressure medication and its
positive effect could be hit and miss.
Fortunately there are herbal remedies like PressAssure® based on long lasting formulas that have been used for generations. As you can probably guess, all natural herbal remedies are always the best way to go to avoid complications with side effects and dependency given similiar costs. Thankfully, for those with hypertension PressAssure® is multiples cheaper than most prescription medications, and is more effective.
Your doctor may prescribe medication that does nothing for you, which is why on your next
visit you will discuss the prescription, which at that time he or she will prescribe you something
else. The next time you visit, and if that medication did nothing for you either, your doctor will
prescribe something else, and the cycle will continue like that until you and your primary care
physician reach a medication regimen that works for you. Hopefully it will not take months and
months, but high blood pressure is not as easy to control as you might believe.
The doctor’s first course of action will depend on how high your blood pressure is. Once he
or she determines the scope of the problem, you will be lectured on your lifestyle and about
changes you will no doubt have to commit to if you want to see your blood pressure stabilized.
Then your doctor will prescribe medication. Of the dozens of high blood pressure medications
available, each having its advantages and disadvantages, your doctor may prescribe one or more
than one to control your symptoms.
Most importantly, however, even more so than taking the medication as prescribed, lifestyle
changes are imperative and can make the difference, keeping your numbers under control. Before beginning blood pressure medication treatment, your doctor will explain the options
available to you, and then it will be up to you to follow directions.
For many it is not difficult to make changes when their health is on the line. Think about all the
people around you that would be devastated by your loss, which is not an exaggeration if do not
heed the warning to make changes. Your carefree lifestyle is the reason your blood pressure rose
out of control, so now you have to take charge to bring it back under control, which may mean
doing the things you like best a lot less, if at all.
When considering lifestyle changes, it is usually obvious knowing what it is you have to do
to cut back or totally abstain from. Even if your doctor prescribes medications, changes can
eventually reduce or eliminate your need for medications to control your blood pressure, which
would be the optimum outcome.
So you may ask what changes do I have to make. It’s pretty obvious—don’t smoke; eat a healthy
diet, which always means fruits, vegetables, lean meats, low fat products; drop weight if you
are over weight, or maintain your current weight; exercise. People want to crawl under a rock
when they hear the word exercise but it does not have to be grueling. Most of the time exercise
opportunities are staring at you—you have to make the effort to take the steps instead of the
elevator, get up and run the sweeper, dust the furniture, do the laundry, strip the beds, scrubyou moving without your even knowing it, and best of all you will be accomplishing something
positive besides lowering your blood pressure at the same time.
With the onset of high blood pressure, your doctor will determine whether or not he or she wants
to begin a medication regimen. If your numbers are fairly low but nonetheless alarming he or she
may try seeing if you can control it your own, but if the numbers continue to stay the same or
rise, medication will no doubt be prescribed.
Water pills are usually the first trial of medication therapy your doctor will begin using. Why
you may ask a water pill—a water pill takes excess water that has built up in your body and
flushes it, along with built up sodium, through the urination process. Obviously, you will have
increased urination, perhaps a feeling of thirst, weakness or dizziness, but side effects are mild.
Taking water pills may be all the medication that you will ever need. As long as your blood
pressure is not seriously out of control and you are in fairly good health, a water pill and diet
modification, plus some exercise, may be the answer to controlling the onset of high blood
Of course it would be optimal if all you had to do to control your blood pressure was to take a
diuretic and become a little more active, but that is not always the case. In other circumstances,
where your pressure may be high or seriously out of your control, your doctor will have to treat
you more aggressively, which means with medication or multiple medications. Those choices
•Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors – ACE inhibitors manipulate flow
of blood by widening blood vessels, preventing the hormone angiotensin from inhibiting
•Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers – Similar to ACE inhibitors, this medication
manipulates the flow of blood by relaxing blood vessels, blocking angiotensin from
staunching normal blood flow.
•Beta Blockers – Like the name of the medication implies, beta-blockers block signals
from nerves and hormones to the heart and blood vessels that would constrict the flow of
blood, thereby lowering blood pressure.
•Calcium Channel Blockers – Calcium build up in and around the heart muscle could
inhibit and/or constrict blood flow. Channel blockers breaks down calcium and “blocks”
it from going into the blood vessels and muscle cells around the heart. The calcium
blockage helps the muscle to relax, thereby lowering blood pressure.
•Renin Inhibitors – Produced by the kidneys, renin is an enzyme that is known through a
series of chemical reactions to increase blood pressure. Aliskiren, a renin inhibitor, slows
the production of the enzyme, thereby reducing blood pressure.
Depending on a lot of factors regarding your high blood pressure and your general health your
doctor will decide to either begin one or more of the medications, with the hope of lowering
your blood pressure, optimally controlling it completely so you will not have to be enslaved to
a daily medication regimen. Or he or she will continue to follow you over time to determine the best course of meds and lifestyle modifications to best control your high blood pressure. If your
high blood pressure is dependent on daily medication, you will be expected to see your doctor
regularly and have regular testing done to make sure the numbers remain stabilized.
Many outcomes can play out when you are diagnosed as having high blood pressure. You
can heed your doctor’s advice, make some lifestyle changes and be able to control your blood
pressure for a lifetime. Or you can disregard your doctor’s advice, continue to do what it is you
have always done and perhaps become sicker or, worse, have a heart attack and die.
The choice is yours. It is highly recommended and suggested that you take your doctor very
seriously when he or she tells you that you have high blood pressure and do all that you can to
control it and hopefully be rid of it. Your good health, your future, and the future of your loved
ones depend on your responsible lifestyle choices at this point.