Ask The Doctors: April 2010 Women’s Edition

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A systolic blood pressure of 160 is high and should be treated. A good internist should be able to help you control your blood pressure. If not, see a cardiologist or nephrologist (kidney specialist). Beta-blockers are not the first line of treatment for essential hypertension-a diuretic and/or ACE inhibitor would be better. If you have coronary artery disease or congestive heart failure, then a beta-blocker would be excellent.
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