Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (or hypertension) is the gradual increase of the pressure of blood flowing through your arteries. Nearly half of all adults in the United States suffer from hypertension, yet many are unaware of their condition. Several factors contribute to hypertension, including age, obesity, family history, a sedentary lifestyle, a high-sodium diet, ethnicity, and excessive alcohol consumption.

Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and is expressed as two numbers: systolic pressure (the top number) and diastolic pressure (the bottom number).

High blood pressure is classified into two stages:

●     Normal Blood Pressure: a reading of less than 130/80

●     Stage 1 Hypertension: a reading of 130-139/80-89

●     Stage 2 Hypertension: a reading of anything over 140/90

High blood pressure (hypertension) is often called the “silent killer” because it typically has no symptoms. However, if left uncontrolled, it can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease (heart attack), stroke, and kidney disease over time.

Although symptoms are difficult to detect and identify, some people with high blood pressure may experience:

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Headaches - Particularly in the morning, which may be accompanied by blurred vision, dizziness, or nausea.

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Shortness of breath - Feeling breathless during physical activity or even at rest.

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Chest pain - Discomfort or tightness in the chest.

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Fatigue - Feeling tired or weak regardless of your physical or mental strain that day.

However, these symptoms are not specific to high blood pressure and may be caused by other health conditions. The only way to know if you have hypertension is to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

Several classes of medications are prescribed to manage high blood pressure. These include:

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ACE inhibitors

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Calcium channel blockers

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Some of the most commonly prescribed medications for hypertension are:

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Amlodipine (Norvasc)

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Lisinopril (Zestril)

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Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)

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Metoprolol (Lopressor)

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The specific medication or combination of medications prescribed will depend on your medical history, other medical conditions, and other medications you may be taking. It is important to work closely with a healthcare provider to determine the best treatment plan for your hypertension, making sure to include healthy lifestyle changes to support your medical treatment.

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Yes, you can get prescription blood pressure medication and refill an existing prescription online. You will be required to fill out a virtual consultation form or connect by phone with a board-certified doctor who can then prescribe the appropriate blood pressure drugs, if deemed necessary, and work out a personalized hypertension treatment plan for you.

While hypertension should be managed under the supervision of a healthcare provider, there are several lifestyle changes you can make to help lower your blood pressure at home.

Some tips include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight, as well as limiting alcohol consumption and quitting smoking. It’s also advised to reduce stress and monitor your blood pressure regularly at home.

Your healthcare provider may recommend hypertension prescription medication in addition to these lifestyle changes.

The best blood pressure management option depends on the severity of your hypertension and other medical problems you may have. Some of the most common treatment options for high blood pressure are lifestyle changes, medications, and combination therapy.

A healthcare professional can use a sphygmomanometer—a device with an inflatable cuff and a gauge—to measure your blood pressure. A diagnosis of hypertension is usually made if a person has consistently high blood pressure readings.

Monitoring your blood pressure numbers is an essential part of managing hypertension, and now you can conveniently treat high blood pressure online through CallonDoc services. These services provide access to medical professionals who can prescribe medications and help monitor and manage your blood pressure levels over time.

Hypertension is usually classified as primary or secondary. Primary hypertension, also known as essential hypertension, refers to high blood pressure that develops gradually over time without any identifiable cause. Secondary hypertension, on the other hand, is caused by underlying medical conditions, such as kidney disease or hormonal imbalances.

While online treatment for high blood pressure is possible, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention for hypertensive emergencies and other high-risk asymptomatic situations. For routine care and chronic care management, online consultations can be a convenient option when used in conjunction with visits and supervision from a primary care doctor.

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