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High blood pressure can cause a lot of health problems. This handy pocket guide explains how simple lifestyle changes can help lower your blood pressure, and it brings you up to date on blood pressure medications. Written by a practicing physician with decades of experience, you'll get practical information you can...
High blood pressure can cause a lot of health problems. This handy pocket guide explains how simple lifestyle changes can help lower your blood pressure, and it brings you up to date on blood pressure medications. Written by a practicing physician with decades of experience, you'll get practical information you can put to use right away. It's just what you need to lower your blood pressure and feel great!
Open the book and find:
Why high blood pressure is bad for you
Ways to measure your blood pressure properly
Guidance on using blood pressure medications
Tips for cutting back on salt and quitting smoking
The basics of starting an exercise program
About This Book.
Conventions Used in This Book.
What You Don’t Have to Read.
Icons Used in This Book.
Where to Go From Here.
Chapter 1: Getting Acquainted with High Blood Pressure.
Understanding Your Cardiovascular System.
Comprehending the Numbers.
Getting the Right Post-Diagnosis.
Assessing your history.
Evaluating your physical exam.
Sending samples to the lab.
Examining the Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure.
Reviewing the Consequences of High Blood Pressure.
Treating High Blood Pressure.
Chapter 2: Understanding Secondary High Blood Pressure.
Nipping Secondary High Blood Pressure in the Bud.
Secondary High Blood Pressure and Your Kidneys.
Discovering damaged kidney tissue.
Dealing with blocked kidney arteries.
Hormone-Secreting Tumors That Elevate Blood Pressure.
Finding an epinephrine-producing tumor.
Detecting a tumor that produces aldosterone.
Investigating Cushing’s Syndrome.
Realizing a Genetic Disease is Causing High Blood Pressure.
Other Causes of Secondary High Blood Pressure.
Chapter 3: Considering the Medical Consequences.
Introducing the Mighty Pump.
Blocking Blood Flow to the Heart Muscle.
Managing stable heart pain.
Treating an acute heart attack.
Developing Heart Failure.
Noticing the telltale signs.
Treating heart failure.
Digging into Kidney Damage.
Managing malignant high blood pressure.
Coping with end-stage renal disease.
Understanding the Causes of Brain Attacks.
High blood pressure.
Chapter 4: Eating and High Blood Pressure.
DASHing Down Your Blood Pressure.
Getting with the program.
Slimming Down to Lower Your Blood Pressure.
Determining your daily caloric needs.
Trying Other Diets.
Using Outside Help.
Making the Connection between Salt and High Blood Pressure.
Buying low-salt foods.
Going on a low-salt diet.
Chapter 5: Avoiding Poison: Tobacco, Alcohol, and Caffeine.
Playing with Fire.
Putting one foot in the grave.
Regarding smokeless tobacco.
Everything to gain; nothing to lose.
Kicking the habit.
Tapping into resources.
Relating Alcohol to High Blood Pressure.
Considering the effects of alcoholism.
Alcohol’s other consequences.
Gaining by restraining.
Attending Alcoholics Anonymous.
Locating useful resources.
Getting High on Caffeine.
Caffeine and other health consequences.
Avoiding the beans, the chocolate, and the soda.
Chapter 6: Exercising Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure.
Understanding the Benefits of Physical Activity.
Preparing for Exercise.
Checking your physical condition.
Knowing How Much to Do.
Exercising to Lose Weight.
Exercising for Strength.
Chapter 7: Treating High Blood Pressure with Medications.
Presenting the Classes of Drugs.
Drugs that act on the nervous system.
Calcium channel blocking agents.
Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors.
Angiotensin II receptor blockers.
Choosing a Drug.
Treating uncomplicated high blood pressure.
Treating complicated high blood pressure.
When the first choice fails.
Recognizing Drug Side Effects.
Identifying Brand Names.
Chapter 8: Ten Myths about High Blood Pressure.
You Can Skip Your Medication When You’re Feeling Fine.
You Need Treatment Only for a High Diastolic Blood Pressure.
High Blood Pressure Can’t Be Controlled.
The Treatment is Worse Than the Disease.
Only Nervous, Anxious People Get High Blood Pressure.
You Can’t Exercise If You Have High Blood Pressure.
The Elderly Don’t Need to Treat Their High Blood Pressure.
You Have to Restrict Your Life Because of High Blood Pressure.
Stopping Treatment after a Heart or Brain Attack is OK.
High Blood Pressure is Less Dangerous in Women.
Posted July 16, 2012
Easy to understand overview of what's going on with your body and the potential consequences. Excellent book if you've just been diagnosed and could not take in all of the doctor's explanation & recommendations.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2011
This is a plain and easy book on high blood pressure. I am going to use it as a reference for my next checkup ..I now know the right ? to ask my doc. The human heart does alot of stuff ..alot of actions take place, I learned how I can play a part in healthWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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