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Why do people with high blood pressure take water pills?

Why do people with high blood pressure take water pills?

Water follows sodium: People with hypertension take diuretics like hydrochlorothiazide as a first line treatment. Diuretics cause the kidneys to excrete more sodium into the urine, water follows sodium, therefore there is less water in the blood vessels. Pressure against the arterial walls therefore decreases. This is also incidentally why a dash diet works. Decreased sodium in the diet=lower pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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High blood pressure what can I take I want to take water pills ?

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Hypertension: Blood pressure medications now number over one hundred in the U.S. Pharmaceutical market. "water pills" are very unlikely to be the choice of your physician. You want medication that works effectively without side effects and medication that will not interact with other medications you might be on. The myth that water pills are also products to help one lose weight is 100% false if that why. ...Read more

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Why would a water pill effect high blood pressure?

Why would a water pill effect high blood pressure?

Decreased pressure: Look at it this way: if you pee out more fluid, there is less water floating around in your blood vessels. Less water in the pipes means less pressure -- the same as water in your house coming out the faucet... ...Read more

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Do all high blood pressure pills have a water pill inside of them?

Do all high blood pressure pills have a water pill inside of them?

No: It is common to start people out on a water pill (also called a diuretic) or a pill that includes a diuretic medication in addition to another medication. But there are blood pressure pills that do not contain a diuretic. ...Read more

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Do E Cigarrettes cause high blood pressure?

Do E Cigarrettes cause high blood pressure?

Not "cause": In reality we do not KNOW the true cause of high blood pressure. We do know many things that will drive it up in a predisposed individual. Considering about 30% of population has HTN, it is fairly common. Smoking and/or any act that stresses the body or mind can drive BP up in someone wo already has HTN or is genetically "ripe" to develop HTN ...Read more

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What can cause high blood pressure?

What can cause high blood pressure?

Different causes: Many factors contribute to this: Diet. Sodium causes water retention therefore increased BP Age and calcification of vessels, less compliant Stimulants (Caffeine) Stress Genetics and enviornmental factors ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


Dr. Julie Abbott
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. A systolic blood pressure (top number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. ...Read more