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Conditions in Depth

This page contains the basic information about High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) .

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Treatment

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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Created: 4/27/2004   |   Last Modified: 8/21/2006
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