Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure

According to the CDC*, one in every three American Adults have high blood pressure. Anyone can develop high blood pressure, regardless of age.  High blood pressure greatly increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States.  It is often called the “silent killer”

Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as it circulates around your body. When blood pressure is high, there are rarely any outward symptoms.  This is why it is often called the “silent killer”.  The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to have a health professional check it.  Blood pressure is measured using two numbers.  The first number, called systolic, measures the pressure in the blood vessels when your heart beats.  The second number, called diastolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart rests between beats

Certain lifestyle changes can help you control your blood pressure and keep it at a healthy level.

  • Diet – Eat a healthy die that is low in fat, salt and cholesterol
  • Exercise – Start out with a 10 minute fast paced walk 3 times daily at least 5 days a week
  • Quit Smoking

If lifestyle changes do not help lower your blood pressure, your doctor will most likely prescribe some type of medication.  Most people on blood pressure medication, often take it for the rest of their lives.

The main types of medication used to treat high blood pressure areas follows:

Diuretics –  (water pills) helps the body get rid of excess salt and fluid

Beta Blockers – affect the number of times your heart beats and the force of it.

ACE Inhbitor (Angiotension Converting Enzyme) –  helps your blood vessels relax

Angiotention II receptor blockers –  keep your arteries from being too tight (similar to ACE inhibitors)

ALPHA-Blockers-  relax your artery muscles so they stay open more easily

Calcium antagonists (calcium channel blockers) – help keep your artery muscles from squeezing too tight

It is common for patients to be prescribed more than one type of medication to help control their blood pressure.   At Home Care Pharmacy,  we offer Medication Management Therapy, where we can review your medications prescription and over the counter to help find the right medication plan for you.  We offer compliance packaging that will be  in clearly labeled as to when your medication should be taken.  We also sell Blood Pressure Monitoring Devices, and can show you how you can easily monitor your blood pressure on a daily basis.Your medication can either be picked up or delivered right to your door.

Compression socks also help control your blood pressure by helping improve circulation.  At Home Care Pharmacy, our whole staff is trained and certified to fit you with the correct compression sock.

Our pharmacy staff is ready and able to assist you with these services, and answer any questions you might have.  So please stop by our location on Route 1 South in Peabody, or call us at 978-535-3893