One in three American adults has high blood pressure, and getting it under control is crucial for preventing strokes, kidney disease and heart attacks. Because hypertension (high blood pressure) has no symptoms, it is often called the silent killer. Hypertension is usually treated with medications, but finding the right drug or combination of drugs can involve trial and error.
Every medication has side effects, but they don't affect everyone equally. In this guide, you'll learn about the pros and cons of each type of medicine along with many details on non-drug approaches to lowering blood pressure with diet, supplements and special foods such as chocolate, pomegranates and beets. The eGuide is an electronic (online) resource only.
Great information. It is a nice comparison of medical and natural ways to reduce high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure or just want to maintain your healthy pressure, I recommend this eBook.
Love the information in this booklet. Would really prefer your sending me a printed version rather than my having to print it myself.
I’m new to the world of high blood pressure–had the opposite most of my life. I’m thin and tried smoking very briefly in my early 20s–never could inhale without coughing! I don’t drink alcohol and eat relatively healthfully. But at age 85, here I am with HBP–at least sometimes. I get high readings, then close-to-normal, which is confusing. (I had my home BP monitor calibrated, and it checked out O.K.)
I ended up in Urgent Care for 5 hours last week because I got a scary-high reading. That got my attention so I’m trying to become better educated, and “BP Solutions” was very informative. The doc put me on two BP meds, but I hope that’s temporary since they do have unpleasant side effects.
From research, I have an aversion to statins and the secondary harm they can do. This led me to investigate other methodologies for treating high blood pressure. Your guide gave the history of blood pressure measurement and what has been learned since. Some measurement procedures are not followed by traditional medical establishments, leading to false high readings. I especially was glad to get natural remedies and food supplements to keep my blood pressure under control. Thank you for providing accurate information in these times of internet confusion and traditional medical “one size fits all” treatment methodologies.
I love that we can look at other options besides medicine. This guide was very helpful and honest.
Very informative and helpful with information on other ways than medicines to help treat your high blood pressure as well as information on the different BP medicines prescribed to you.
In general,this pamphlet is excellent, as is usually the case with PP publications. It is very thorough in most respects. I would have liked a little more about balancing BP medications especially in people over 65.
Two things need to be stressed: 1) A BP med. can work well for years, even decades, and then cease to be effective–that is what happened to me with Lisinopril; 2) When on a BP med, and especially when changing to a new one or a combination, get a regular blood test to make sure your electrolytes are in balance.
Finally I would have liked more on the best combinations of BP drugs (Yes, I know this is indidvidual to a large extent). And relatedly, some, or more, citations or bibliography on this issue would have been useful.
Useful, informative, persuasive, excellent links. Particularly helpful for me at age 74 because my doctor insists on a blood pressure level appropriate for 40-year-olds. “I want him on something,” she told my APRN. Can’t be 74 without medication! I’ve managed this far — thank you helping me to continue.
All the info I needed in an easy to read, understandable format.
Not bad but would like more detail with olive oil and beet power and that sort of thing
Extremely helpful. I appreciate all the tips on how diet may help control this condition. I feel doctors are too quick to prescribe medication when more natural ways might be just as effective. Thank you for this valuable resource.
I’ve been taking medication for high blood pressure for about 20 years – Metoprolol, Lisinopril/Benazepril or Clonidine being the primary drugs. I found this bulletin to be very informative. It feels like doctors have kept me on a hamster wheel of meds to treat some condition or other, and additional meds to treat the side effects of those meds! As a result of reading this, I am already shopping for beet juice and pomegranate juice. Natural, SAFER alternatives sound so much better.
Very informative and thorough discussion of high blood pressure including contributing factors and treatments.
Lots of very useful information gathered in one concise document. Topics are titled so that it is easy to read what applies to you and skip the rest unless you’re curious. Covers topics one might not think to ask about, but should know.
Lots of great information! Thanks!
It was just the information I needed to convince my physician that drugs are not the only (or even the best) way to combat hypertension
Well-written and informative.
Excellent summary of the current information on high blood pressure
A good review but not as current as it might be, if there are new meds in the last few years. However, it does NOT printed correctly; no formatting is preserved, the sidebars are just mashed into the body text, making it somewhat confusing to read. I try not to read long documents on the computer — I’d rather have paper that I can save and read comfortably in a recliner with my dog in my lap! This document should be a pdf! Why isn’t it?
The blood pressure guide is a wealth of information for someone who is just beginning to understand the condition. I felt that parts of it are too technical for a lay person, nevertheless useful.