Features February 2017 Issue

Know How One Blood Pressure Drug Differs from Another

A range of drugs can help control blood pressure.

Know How One Blood Pressure Drug Differs from Another

Each class of antihypertensive medications works differently. Your health history and tolerance for certain drugs help determine the right one for you.

Chances are that if you donít take a blood pressure-lowering drug now, you may need to in the future. And if not you, someone close to you may need an antihypertensive medication. About one out of three American adults has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Controlling hypertension usually involves a combination of one or more blood pressure-lowering drugs, weight management, diabetes control, a heart-healthy diet, no smoking and regular exercise. In addition, there are other factors that go into devising a personalized treatment plan.

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