Q: How many types of drugs can treat high blood pressure? I’ve had it about two years. Any suggestions?
A: Doctors commonly prescribe five types of medicines that lower high blood pressure in different ways. In almost all patients, some combination of drugs (usually at least two, and sometimes more) are tolerated and are effective. As I mentioned in my March 2010 column, a new procedure involves threading a catheter into the renal artery and burning key nerves in the wall of the artery that help regulate blood pressure. Ask your cardiologist about it.