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Sometimes lifestyle changes cannot adequately control hypertension. If this is the case, medication will be needed.

Antihypertensive medications include:

  • Diuretics

  • Beta-blockers

  • ACE inhibitors

  • Angiotensin receptor blockers

  • Calcium channel blockers

  • Alpha-blockers

People with diabetes, kidney disease or heart problems are at higher risk of complications from hypertension. As a result, they are usually treated more aggressively with medications.

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