Systemic Hypertension
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How Is It Treated?

Approximately one half of people with Systemic Hypertension are unaware of their condition. Therefore, it is important to monitor blood pressure so that it can be controlled before serious problems arise. Diagnosis is based on a pattern of high pressure readings rather than on a single occurrence. Primary Systemic Hypertension cannot be cured, but it can usually be controlled with medications and lifestyle adjustments.

Medications such as beta blockers (which relax the blood vessels) and calcium channel blockers (which relax the blood vessels) may be of help in lowering systemic blood pressure. Other medications that may be prescribed include anticoagulants (blood thinners) and diuretics (to reduce fluid retention and get rid of excess salt). Often, the best results are obtained from a combination of medications.

A low salt diet and exercise program may be of help in controlling hypertension.