In a statement released by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about one-third of adults in the United States (U.S.) have high blood pressure. This was based on a long-term study which started in 1980 and culminated in 2005, conducted among 4,861 individuals, between the ages 18-30, from four (4) key U.S. cities. For the duration of the study, the subject individuals had their blood pressure periodically. During the final year of the study, the subject individuals underwent CT scans to look for calcium build up, which is considered as an early sign of heart disease. Out of those who took part in the study, only four (4) percent were able to keep their blood pressure at normal levels. That study was taken years back and that figure could possibly be higher at this point with the kind of lifestyle young adults now have.
Lifestyle changes can however help in lowering blood pressure such as exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, limiting the amount of alcohol intake, cutting back on caffeine, avoiding smoking, among other things. But more often than not, whenever stress strikes we often resort to going back our “old ways.” While leading a “healthy lifestyle,” is always the only solution there is, high blood pressure medication over the counter can be availed in any pharmacy.
Among the more “reviewed” high blood pressure over the counter medication is Linisopril, which works by blocking a substance in the body that cause the blood vessels to tighten. As a result, Linisopril relaxes the blood vessels which eventually lowers blood pressure and increases the supply of blood and oxygen in the heart. Also, Linisopril is used to help patients in their recovery after a heart attack. Another high blood pressure over the counter medication is Atenolol which works by affecting the response to nerve impulses in certain parts of the body, such as the heart. When taken, the heart beats slower and decreases blood pressure. This can however be availed of with your doctor’s prescription. Similar to Atenolol is Diovan. Both belong to a class of drugs called “angiostensin receptor blockers” as these work by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily. Among other high blood pressure over the counter medications include Bystolic, Hydrochlorothiazide, Metoprolol Succinate, Norvasc, Toprol XL, Amlodipine, Benicar, Metoprolol Tartrate, Lisinopril-hydrochlothiazie, Diovan HCT, Cozaar, Clonidine, Losartan, Propanolol, Spironoclactone, Azor, Coreg, Carvedilol, Benicar HCT, Exforge, Avapro, Lotrel, Verapamil, Furosemide, Lasix, Hyzaar, Tekturna, Micardis, Enalapril Maleate, Altace, Avalide, Micardis HCT, Ramipril, Diltiazem, Losartan-hydrochlorothiazide, among others.
Please take note however, that before starting any medication it is best that your doctor is consulted first as to its risks and benefits it will bring to your health.
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