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Hypertension: The Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Friday, 24 Sep 2010 09:12 AM

Hypertension and heart disease affect one in three American adults. Statistics show that more and more teenagers now exhibit symptoms of hypertension at younger ages. An exact hypertension disease treatment module varies from person to person. Hence, an individualized approach to hypertension treatment becomes necessary. Detailed medical history, the patient’s age, lifestyle, and even the severity of the blood pressure is considered before a hypertension treatment module is adopted.
Hypertension treatment requires patient cooperation in the form of lifestyle changes, dietary restrictions, and regular exercise. As a result, not all hypertension symptoms can be controlled and patients are at an increased risk of attacks and strokes.
Hypertension Treatment: Latest Medical Breakthroughs
Usually hypertensive patients are prescribed two or three different medications along with dietary restrictions to control the disease. But not every patient can manage to stick to a hypertension treatment regimen. Patients often stop taking medications when they start feeling better. This is very dangerous and risky for the patient. Researchers all over the world are scrambling to find better and more effective medications that control the disease. New research that has recently come into the spotlight includes:
  1. The LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans recently showed that angiotensin-converting enzyme can preserve the blood pressure regulation function and treat high blood pressure. ACE inhibitors are commonly used to control hypertension symptoms and a better targeted drug could be the answer to hypertension treatment.
  2. All hypertension treatment modules require the patient to cooperate with strict lifestyle changes. As a result, researchers have found that combining drug therapy with weight loss and nutritional supplements seems to aid in controlling hypertension symptoms. Researchers have found that combining vitamin C with hypertension medications can substantially control hypertension symptoms. 
  3. Other research suggests that increased potassium intake along with fish oil and olive oil can help control high blood pressure. This treatment of hypertension has to be combined with dietary changes to have the best effect.
Almost all doctors recommend that hypertension be controlled with medication and lifestyle changes. If you can improve your diet and increase exercise, most doctors will revise the existing medication to a lower dose. However, sticking to a low fat diet, low salt diet, and increasing exercise is not really possible for many patients. This increases the need to have newer and better medications to help patients.

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