Patients May Have Need For Blood Pressure Medications
When a person is diagnosed as having high blood pressure, medications are usually prescribed to help bring it down to a safe level. Blood pressure is considered normal if the systolic pressure is about 120 and the diastolic reading is 80, often spoken as 120 over 80. Since there are many variables that affect the blood pressure throughout the day, readings taken over a period of time will be needed to determine the type and strength of blood pressure medications a person is prescribed.
Once a person is diagnosed with high blood pressure and begins taking medication to keep it in check, it is rare that the blood pressure will return to normal without some type of blood pressure medications. A change in diet is often recommended to control blood pressure as well as to reduce the cholesterol level, which can cause high blood pressure, as well as lead to other coronary complications. Chances are that if a patient is prescribed blood pressure medications they are prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs as well.
Along with a change of diet, exercise is also necessary to help raise the good cholesterol level in the blood as to help reduce any excess weight that can also effect a patient's heart as well as heart rate. By being consistent with diet, exercise and consistently taking the blood pressure medications a person can plan on few complications from high blood pressure. However, other complications are possible if the medications are not taken consistently or if other damage has been done prior to taking the medication.
High Blood Pressure Leads To Other Serious Risks
A person with untreated high blood pressure can develop serious risks including heart disease and they become a candidate for stroke. Tiny blood vessels in the brain may burst under the higher pressure leading to temporary ischemic attack, referred to as TIA, which is called a mini-stroke and often seen as a predictor of a stronger stroke. Taking the blood pressure medications can lower the pressure, but if it has gone untreated for an extended period of time, the vessels may already be weakened.
When a patient is prescribed blood pressure medications there should be an exact regimen they establish to take their medications at about the same time every day. Additionally, continue to monitor the blood pressure is needed to insure the medications are still working, or to determine if an adjustment in dosage will be necessary to maintain a healthy blood pressure.