Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. Hypertension can lead to heart disease, heart attack, kidney failure, vision loss and stroke. Lifestyle changes are needed as well as medication.
A common hypertension medication is diuretics. These water pills dilate arteries, increase urine output and decrease blood volume which reduces blood pressure. Diuretics are prescribed for mild high blood pressure.
Beta-blockers are another hypertension medication. These drugs reduce the heart rate and decrease the pressure caused by the heart contracting. Beta-blockers are prescribed for those who have had a heart attack, have heart disease or angina.
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