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A 40-year-old member asked:

how reversible is hypertension?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Not very : Usually it doesn't go away but if you're overweight and lose about 10% of your weight, you may see a significant drop in your bp. If you smoke or drink xs alcohol, changing these habits will also lower bp. For the majority though, once it diagnosed, it tends to require life long treatment for control.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What to take for your hypertension if you have hypertension that is?

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Dr. William Haynes
Endocrinology 37 years experience
Get physician advice: Low salt diet, weight loss and aerobic exercise all help hypertension. Most people also need drug therapy. The choice of drug(s) depends on patient characteristics like presence or absence of age, heart disease, diabetes, kidney damage, asthma/copd, osteoporosis and others. A physician will be able to evaluate these factors. Beta, angiotensin and calcium blockers all work, as do diuretics.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How long would a person with hypertension live for?

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Dr. William Haynes
Endocrinology 37 years experience
Many Years: If hypertension is adequately treated then a patient can live a normal lifespan. Adequate treatment includes proper diet (lose weight if overweight, less sodium), reduced alcohol intake, plenty of aerobic exercise, and medications. Drugs for hypertension include beta, angiotensin and calcium channel blockers, as well as diuretics. Many people require several drugs.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Which type of issue that could induced hypertension causes?

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Dr. William Haynes
Endocrinology 37 years experience
Many problems: Consistent elevated blood pressures above 140 or 90 mmhg can lead to blood vessel damage, atherosclerosis and blockages. Over time, high blood pressure can cause heart attacks, angina, strokes, heart failure (CHF) and kidney failure. Diet (weight loss and low salt), less alcohol, and more exercise can reduce bp. Drug treatment is safe and effective, though some people need more than one drug.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

Can u get lupus if you stop taking hydralazyne. The medicine for hbp?

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
See below: Hydralazine is a blood pressure medicine is associated with causing drug-induced lupus. Any symptoms of this should resolve with discontinuation of this medication. Hope that helps.
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A 35-year-old male asked:

Is stage 1 hypertension reversible ?

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Dr. David Ellis
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Hypertension: In most age groups hypertension is defined as 140/90 or greater. In this particular case, the things that can reverse this can include reducing salt in your diet, mild to moderate regular exercise and on some occasions the addition of medications. The diagnosis and management plan needs to be discussed with your doctor.

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