Patients with hypertension, or high blood pressure, may be prescribed a number of different treatments by their doctors in order to manage their condition. Doctors may recommend lifestyle changes in order to lower a patient’s blood pressure and decrease the risk of future complications. These changes may include exercise, eating healthier foods, decreasing the salt in one’s diet, staying at a healthy weight, limiting the amount of alcohol consumed, quitting smoking or techniques to manage stress.
When lifestyle changes are not enough to lower a patient’s blood pressure to safer levels, doctors may prescribe medications in order to treat their hypertension. These medications can include thiazide diuretics (“water pills”) to help the body get rid of sodium and water, beta blockers to reduce strain on the heart, statins such as Lipitor, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or calcium channel blockers to relax blood vessels, vasodilators such as Remodulin, Flolan or Tracleer to prevent narrowing of the arteries or other medications.
Patients with cases of primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) or primary arterial hypertension (PAH) that do not respond to medical therapy may need to undergo a single or double lung transplant operation in order to treat their condition. Although patients with ventricle problems in the heart may not need to also undergo a heart transplant, some hospitals may opt to perform one.
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