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Online learning resources for diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and nutrition.
Diabetes 101: Learn more about diabetes, managing your blood sugar levels, and your diet.
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Lesson 5 - Hypertension Medications

Lesson 1: What is Hypertension? Lesson 2: All About Blood Pressure Lesson 3: High Risk Factors Lesson 4: Decisions, Decisions: Diet and Exercise Regimens Lesson 5: Hypertension Medications Lesson 6: Dangers and Complications Lesson 7: Tips, Games, and More! Lesson 8: Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

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Of the 50 million or so adult Americans with high blood pressure, only about 27% have their hypertension under control. Of those who have been diagnosed, about 27% are being treated with medications, but are failing to control the condition, and nearly 15% aren't participating in any treatment at all. And who makes up the rest of the pie? Americans who have hypertension, but don't even know it! That's a pretty good chunk of people at high risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other life-threatening complications who probably won't find out they have the condition until one of these catastrophic events takes hold of their life. Sound scary? That's because it is SO, GET YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE TESTED, ALREADY!

Okay, sorry about that can't stress it enough, though. So, you have hypertension to what are you going to pay attention first and foremost? That's right your diet and exercise regimens suppose you've got that down at this point in the course. However, in many cases, this just isn't enough, and medication is required to keep your blood pressure in a safe range. In this lesson, we'll explore the different kinds of medications that doctors prescribe for hypertension patients. You certainly know by now that essential hypertension cannot be cured BUT IT CAN BE CONTROLLED! So if diet and exercise aren't enough, here is some information on the medications that can help you do it!

Assignment #1

As always, let's start out with a little Hypertension Medications quiz . Even if you are well educated on the treatment you and your doctor have chosen for your hypertension, it is always good to understand what else is out there. Good luck, and happy learning!

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