HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SYMPTOMS CAUSES DIET & TREATMENT

Dr.Armughan Riaz
M.B.B.S, Dip Card
Consultant Cardiologist

 

Which Is The Best Medicine For High Blood Pressure

Which Is The Best Medicine For High Blood Pressure, There is no doubt that quitting smoking, diet modification and doing regular exercise are all usefull to improve your blood pressure, but drug therapy is still very significant.

Which Is The Best Medicine For High Blood Pressure

 If you want to control your high blood pressure you may have to follow these important steps

* Diet Modification
* Regular Exercise
* Stop smoking
* Drug Treatment

However majority of hypertensive patients do need drug therapy to control BP.

There is no doubt that quitting smoking, diet modification and doing regular exercise are all usefull to improve your blood pressure, but drug therapy is still very significant. The most popular blood pressure medications used all over the World are:

* Angiotensin Receptor Blockers
* ACE Inhibitors
* Diuretics
* Beta Blockers
* Calcium Channel Blockers

Which medicine is the Best?

Many hypertensive patients are taking medicine for controlling blood pressure. They may be taking a single pill or combination therapy at different times. As there are lot of combination therapies and variety of drugs available to control BP so newly diagnosed hypertensive patients often think if there is special blood pressure medicine that is "the best." The Answer: Maybe.

There are Special Circumstances

According to various studies, ACE Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers are a good choice for diabetic, kidney and heart failure patients. Aside from their ability to lower blood pressure these drugs have very good effect on protecting kidney function. You should keep in mind that ultimate aim is to control blood pressure. If you dont have required effect with these medicines then you may change these or use additional drugs. Similarly calcium channel blockers are more usefull for elderly patients as they have rigid and thickened blood vessels.

No Clear Recommendation for Most Patients

Using a particular class of high blood pressure medicine may give benefit for some class of patients, When treating blood pressure, there is no recommendation that which medicine is best and what is first drug to be used. There are various studies including the CAPPP, STOP-Hypertension-2, NORDIL, UKPDS, and INSIGHT trials, when comparing the various types of high blood pressure medicines, found little overall difference in outcome.

Lower risk of cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular-related death and mortality with the use of calcium channel blockers as compared to beta blockers was declared in a famous trial, the ASCOT trial. However, on reexamination of this study, it was found that the apparent lower risk was likely due to an overall lower blood pressure in that study's sample patients.

 

So Best Medicine is the One that really Works!

In the end I will say that the best drug is that which has minimum side effects and is able to control your blood pressure. There are many studies and reports about benefits and side effects of various classes of medicines for hypertension, but keep in mind that high blood pressure is dangerous, and that lowering blood pressure saves lives. This should be the basic goal.

 



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