Hypertension treatment

Because lifestyle plays a major role in causing and maintaining hypertension, effective hypertension treatment often involves changes in dietary, psychological and social factors. Exercise, relaxation techniques and meditation have all shown beneficial effects. In some cases, hypertension can be controlled by lifestyle changes; in other cases medications may be used.

Hypertension treatmentBecause lifestyle plays a major role in causing and maintaining hypertension, effective treatment often involves changes in dietary, psychological and social factors. Exercise, relaxation techniques and meditation have all shown beneficial effects. In some cases, hypertension can be controlled by lifestyle changes; in other cases medications may be used.

There are several different types of drugs that are used in hypertension treatment. These include diuretics, which act by forcing the kidneys to excrete water and sodium at a faster rate; and beta blockers, which lower heart rate and cardiac output. Other drugs known as ACE inhibitors affect the levels of hormones that constrict blood vessels.

Another major class of drugs used to lower high blood pressure blocks the channels which transport calcium across muscle cell membranes. There is currently an ongoing debate as to whether these calcium channel blockers increase the risk of heart attacks.

 
 
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