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Diseases & Conditions

Hypertension

Hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure, is the result of blood flowing through the arteries with too much force. Over the long-term, high blood pressure can cause heart disease and a host of other health problems.

Blood pressure is a product of both the volume of blood being pumped by the heart and the resistance of the arteries to the blood flow. This means that blood pressure will increase as the arteries narrow and the amount of blood pumped by the heart increases. High blood pressure develops slowly over a period of years and eventually affects the majority of adults. In most cases, hypertension can be easily managed with medications.

Symptoms of Hypertension

A person can have high blood pressure for years without realizing it because the condition often produces no symptoms. When blood pressure reaches dangerously high levels, a person may experience headaches, nose bleeds, and shortness of breath.

Types of High Blood Pressure

Primary hypertension typically develops over time and often has no identifiable cause. Risk factors for primary hypertension include being overweight, being sedentary, smoking, excessive caffeine intake, and family history. Secondary hypertension can occur suddenly and results in higher blood pressure readings than primary hypertension. Secondary hypertension typically results from medications or another underlying health condition, including obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid or adrenal tumors, kidney problems, congenital blood vessel defects, alcohol abuse, or illicit drug use.

Hypertension Treatments

A variety of medications, including diuretics, beta-blockers, and calcium channel blockers, are used singly or in combination to manage high blood pressure. The drugs can reduce blood volume, make the heart beat with less force, relax blood vessels, and inhibit the body’s production of chemicals that cause blood vessel constriction.

We help patients with hypertension manage their condition by offering all of the most frequently prescribed high blood pressure medications. Our staff ensures that each patient understands how to take their medications as well as any potential side effects.

Medications to Treat Hypertension

Human Pulmonary Hypertension:
Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Isordil
  • Revatio

Compounded Medications:
We can make oral suspensions or troches of the following:

  • Isosorbide dinitrate
  • Tadalafil
  • Sildenafil

Veterinary Medication:
We can make the following into suspensions, capsules or animal treats.

  • Aminophylline
  • Theophylline
  • Amlodipine
  • Atenolol
  • Benazepril
  • Digoxin
  • Diltiazem
  • Enalapril
  • Furosemide
  • Lisinopril
  • Sprionolactone
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA