Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Why You Shouldn’t Allow High Blood Pressure To Ruin Your Life [Must Read]

Why You Shouldn’t Allow High Blood Pressure To Ruin Your Life [Must Read]

Why You Shouldn’t Allow High Blood Pressure To Ruin Your Life [Must Read]

High blood pressure (hypertension) can quietly damage your body for years before symptoms develop. If it is left uncontrolled, you may wind up with a disability, a poor quality of life or even a fatal heart attack. Roughly half the people with untreated hypertension die of heart disease related to poor blood flow (ischemic heart disease) and another third die of stroke.

Treatment and lifestyle changes can help control your high blood pressure to reduce your risk of life-threatening complications.

Only 20 percent of patients seeking care for stubborn high blood pressure take all the medicine they're supposed to, a new Dutch study has revealed.

Another 20 percent are not taking any of their blood pressure medications, so with this, patients sought care for a condition they could have addressed by simply following their doctor's orders.

The researchers didn't set out to determine whether people with resistant high blood pressure were following doctors' prescriptions. Instead, the investigators wanted to know if those patients could benefit from a treatment in which nerves between the brain and the kidney are destroyed by radio waves or ultrasound.

The study looked at 95 patients who were randomly assigned to undergo the procedure and 44 who only continued their medications. The researchers concluded that the procedure wasn't better than normal treatment for resistant high blood pressure. But following doctors' orders is the key, the study authors stressed.

Adherence to me*dication greatly affects the ability to assess the value of another treatment, so researchers need to measure adherence and do what they can to improve it.

Patients must tell their doctor if they don't want to take their medicine for any reason. Patients and doctor can discuss options for changing the type of pill or the dose if needed.

There are many effective blood pressure pills and the majority of patients with high blood pressure can be successfully treated. High blood pressure increases a person's risk of heart attack, stroke and other health issues.

Credits: naij.com



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