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How do central agonists work to treat high blood pressure?

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To treat blood high blood pressure, central agonists stop your brain from sending signals that speed up your heart rate and narrow your blood vessels. These drugs are also called central-acting agents, central adrenergic inhibitors, and central alpha agonists.

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American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours."

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure."

National Library of Medicine.

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure (hypertension): Central-acting agents."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2017

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours."

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure."

National Library of Medicine.

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure (hypertension): Central-acting agents."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2017

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