Health Watch -- High Blood Pressure: Putting it Together

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about high blood pressure and ways to delay and treat it. There are a lot of medications that can be used to treat high blood pressure, and it may take more than one to get the job done.

Dr. Ron Victor, chief of the hypertension division at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and an expert on high blood pressure, says doctors may combine various blood pressure medications to get results with fewer side effects. You're more likely to see side effects at higher doses of any particular drug. It doesn't necessarily mean you have a more serious case of high blood pressure if you have to take several different medications. Your doctor may just be trying to avoid side effects for you.

Of course, you should also be sure to watch your diet and get sufficient exercise as your doctor recommends, in addition to taking medication, for best results. 


March 2006

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