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. The 8-page guide offers information on the pros and cons of each type of medicine along with details on non-drug approaches to lowering blood pressure with diet, supplements and special foods such as chocolate, pomegranates and beets. The guide is downloadable only.
I was on lisinopril and I had terrible large hives right after I started taking it, I had no Idea this medication would create this issue, I didn’t think a dr would give me a medication that would have this side effect, I thought the welted hives was an allergic reaction to a food I ate, never had hives before this, then I was in the Wisconsin back woods and my throat swelled closed and I couldn’t breath or talk but luckily a small opening opened in my throat and I could get a little air in but couldn’t talk for awhile till the swelling went down. I thought my throat swelling was due to tonsil issues,, nope it was the lisinopril then the dr put me on amlodipine and the same swelling happened, it was awful. Now the dr wants me to take hydralazine and I’m afraid to take it but when my blood pressure goes to 160/80 I take one but it make my pulse race and I feel like my heart is racing more. I’m not what the dr will do when I see him next time but I am afraid not to take the medication and afraid to take it. This review gave me a lot of answers to my questions, very helpful
Thank you for your report on Blood Pressure Treatments. It was very informative, very helpful. My husband is on metoprolol, amlodipine, and lisinopril with HCTZ and his blood pressure is super high to super low several times a day. He lost a kidney to calcified renal artery and is so afraid the same thing will happen to his remaining kidney. We don’t know which way to turn. With your helpful report we can at least understand what each of these medications actually do so we can discuss this stuff with his doctor with a better understanding now. Also the side effects info. We read this and said “who knew” because he has been having some of these very symptoms (side effects?) Thanks again
May provide safer options than some prescription drugs.
Very informative, and I now realize that my doctors are killing me. I fell the other day, and now I can’t stop bleeding. I am diabetic. I now have a huge black eye (face, really), and I cut my leg and can’t stop bleeding.
I just ordered/downloaded your guidelines to Blood Pressure Treatment and I’m rather disappointed. The document does, indeed offer guidelines but I expected something that included more current research. Instead, I believe the most recent update or edit was in October 2008. That is more than 7 years ago and in the intervening time there has been a lot of research into best practices for BP control. I don’t believe this is up to your usual standard.
Actually, the date given for updates/editing was only on the initial download for printing. There is no date on the article itself as I have downloaded it. Dr.’s Graedon, you pride yourselves, and rightly so, on careful research and reporting, albeit for the use of “laypersons.” But educated non-medical people still know that it is imperative to include information about the date of any research published.
A second observation is less important perhaps but still germane: The PDF file is formatted for PDF Vista. “VISTA????” Do you not know that MS no longer supports Vista. I had a dreadful time trying to get the document to print properly on my Windows 7 equipment, even using a new printer.
I’m sorry to complain, but I believe these comments are both realistic and within the bounds of reasonable expectations.