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How is high blood pressure treated?

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Doctors have a wide range of high blood pressure medicines available to treat high blood pressure. These high blood pressure treatments include diuretics -- often called "water pills" -- beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, and other types of medication. As effective as these drugs can be at controlling blood pressure, if you get to the point of needing them, you may have to take them for the rest of your life. That is one more good reason to focus on prevention.

From: High Blood Pressure WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure with the DASH Diet.” National Institutes of Health: “Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure: Mission Possible.” Parker, et al, , April 2007. American Medical Association. American Journal of Public Health

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 14, 2017

SOURCES: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure with the DASH Diet.” National Institutes of Health: “Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure: Mission Possible.” Parker, et al, , April 2007. American Medical Association. American Journal of Public Health

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 14, 2017

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