Treatments for Hypertension
The goal of treating hypertension is to reduce and maintain your blood pressure to within your desired range while minimizing side effects. Monitoring and maintaining blood pressure within specific limits will help to reduce the risk of blood vessel damage which can lead to complications, such as:
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Kidney failure
- Mild cognitive impairment
Prevention and treatment of high blood pressure. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Prevention-Treatment-of-High-Blood-Pressure%5FUCM%5F002054%5FArticle.jsp. Updated June 6, 2012. Accessed February 28, 2014.
How is high blood pressure treated? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbp/treatment.html. Updated August 2, 2012. Accessed February 28, 2014.
Hypertension. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated February 12, 2014. Accessed February 28, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014