Tag Archives: Hypertension

Help for Hypertension

Help for Hypertension

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. […] ... More


Causes of High Blood Pressure



Causes of High Blood Pressure

Q: All the results of my husband’s many heart tests are normal. Why does he have high blood pressure? A: Your husband isn’t alone—most people with high blood pressure have “essential” hypertension, which means that there is no identifiable cause for it. One promising experimental therapy involves threading a catheter into the artery that provides […] ... More
High BP in A.M.

High BP in A.M.

My blood pressure is high in the morning. What causes this? When you are at rest in a warm bed, arteries dilate and blood pressure tends to be low. When you stand up, your body elevates blood pressure to be sure your brain is perfused so you don’t black out. Getting out of bed in […] ... More
Lisinopril is Good for the Heart

Lisinopril is Good for the Heart

To E.H., Lisinopril is a generic drug that is FDA approved for two brand name products—Prinivil and Zestril. It may be prescribed alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. Lisinopril may also be given to people who have suffered a heart attack. Left untreated, high blood pressure may damage […] ... More
Systolic Hypertension

Systolic Hypertension

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. […] ... More
Dodging DNA Destiny

Dodging DNA Destiny

After reading your articles in The Saturday Evening Post, I felt compelled to send you a question about diastolic dysfunction. I’m interested in knowing if a genetic marker has been identified and if a test is available. I have high blood pressure and a strong paternal family history of heart disease. Otherwise, I’m a relatively […] ... More