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Blood Pressure Medication Management

the home health Quality Improvement

national campaign welcomes you to blood

pressure medication management in this

video we will talk about a few different

medications used for treating high blood

pressure how these medications work and

tips on taking your medication high

blood pressure is a common condition

where the force of the blood in artery

walls is high enough to eventually cause

health problems such as heart disease

blood pressure is determined by the

amount of blood your heart pumps and the

amount of resistance to blood flow in

your arteries the more blood your heart

pumps and the narrower your arteries the

higher your blood pressure high blood

pressure also called hypertension

generally develops over many years

oftentimes without any symptoms even

without symptoms damage to blood vessels

and your heart continues uncontrolled

high blood pressure increases your risk

of serious health problems including

heart attack and stroke fortunately high

blood pressure can be easily detected

and once you know you have high blood

pressure you can work with your doctor

to control it there are a variety of

different medications used to reduce

blood pressure here are a few examples

of medications and how each works in

your body beta blockers reduce nerve

impulses to the heart and blood vessels

they cause the heart to beat slower with

less force and blood pressure drops

allowing the heart not to work so hard

some of the beta blockers prevent the

formation of a hormone which normally

causes the blood vessels to narrow

others can either cause the blood

vessels to relax or widen or open blood

vessels by relaxing the muscle in the

vessel walls and your pressure goes down

a diuretic or water pill works in the

kidney to flush out extra water and

sodium from the body through the urine

there are many other diuretics available

to lower blood pressure and they work in

various ways sometimes people need to

take two or more medications to bring

their blood pressure down to a safe

level when you start a medication work

with your doctor to get the right

medication and dose

that's right for you you can take

medications as the doctor ordered but

still not have your blood pressure under

control it's important to check your

blood pressures often and keep a record

of the results so you can see when your

blood pressures go higher if your blood

pressure is going up talk with your

doctor about a blood pressure goal for

the top number and the bottom number so

you'll know when you should notify the

office talk to your doctor nurse or

therapist about different lifestyle

modifications that can help lower your

blood pressure you may want to watch the

how to check my own blood pressure video

to learn more if you're worried about

the cost of your blood pressure

medication tell your doctor or

pharmacist there may be a less expensive

medication or a generic form that you

can use instead never stretch out your

medicines or skip doses remember it's

important that you take your medications

as prescribed to prevent a heart attack

or stroke proper usage of medications

has been associated with improved health

increased physical function and decrease

in Falls improved mental awareness and

increased driver safety for older adults

you may be asking what about side

effects of my medication if you have

side effects

tell your doctor nurse or therapist be

sure your healthcare team knows about

other medications you're taking

including over-the-counter medications

vitamins and dietary supplements some

over-the-counter medications such as

arthritis pain and cold medicines can

raise your blood pressure it is easy to

miss taking a dose of your medications

what steps are you taking to remember

your medications try to associate

medication times with something you do

on a daily basis such as eating meals

reading the paper when you first get up

or when you go to bed it's easy to

forget to take medicines but just like

putting your socks on in the morning and

brushing your teeth taking your medicine

needs to become part of your daily

routine

where do you store your medication in

the kitchen bedroom bathroom check with

your pharmacist to see if there are any

special recommendations for where to

store your medication

sometimes the moisture in a bathroom or

kitchen is not good for certain

medications establishing a safe place

for your medication and a routine for

taking them is very important for your

safety

many people have multiple medications

and might need help with organizing the

pills for the week don't be afraid to

ask for assistance with setting up a

medication schedule there are different

devices available at your local pharmacy

other stores or online to help with

medication management pill boxes with

hourly daily and weekly setups can help

with timely medication there is other

equipment available such as a pill box

with a timer

and audio reminder or a watch with timed

vibration use notes and other reminders

to help you remember to take your

medications ask your family to help you

with reminder phone calls and messages

remember medication habits are unique to

you so work on a daily routine that best

fits your lifestyle

when routines are disrupted medication

habits can also be disrupted talk with

your doctor about what you would do if

you forget to take your blood pressure

medicine don't forget to refill your

medication each time you pick up a

refill make a note on your calendar to

order and pick up the next refill before

the medication is due to run out if you

have a hard time reading the small print

on your pill bottle request large print

labels from the pharmacy also ask for

the easy off caps if you have arthritis

or difficulty opening the childproof

bottles a pharmacist can also be helpful

for you with your medication management

plan thank you for watching this video

blood pressure medication management the

message we want to leave you with is

that high blood pressure can be easily

detected and once you know you have high

blood pressure you can work with your

doctor to control it along with taking

medication talk with your doctor nurse

or therapist about lifestyle habits to

lower your risk for heart attack and

stroke

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