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Systolic Hypertension

Published: March 1, 2009

I’m diabetic and have systolic hypertension. My blood pressure runs 115/120 in the morning and 120/170 in the evening. I’ve included a list of the medicines I have tried. Is there anything in the pipeline for my condition?

You have certainly been through a bunch of medications, but there are others you have not tried. For example, carvedilol is a unique type of beta blocker that has alpha and beta blocking actions. Pure alpha blockers like Cardura (doxazosin) might work. Other diuretics might be effective, as can combinations of drugs that have different actions. Finally, you don’t mention lifestyle modifications and they should be considered. These can include a low-salt diet, potassium supplements, moderate alcohol consumption, weight loss, exercise, and relaxation techniques. Check with your cardiologist or hypertensive expert.

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