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Midamor (Amiloride, Furosemide)

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WOMEN FIGHTING HEART DISEASE TOO: BRINGING DOWN THE BLOOD PRESSURE
Elevated blood pressure looms as one of the “Big Three” risk factors for heart disease, along with cigarette smoking and high cholesterol levels. Here, too, there are special considerations for women.
As many females as males suffer from hypertension. Black women are at particular hazard, as are those over age 40 and those taking oral contraceptives. It’s been said that blood pressure is second only to cigarette smoking as the precipitating factor for heart attacks in women under 60.
Recommendations call for treating women whose diastolic pressure (that’s the one on the bottom) goes over 95.
A woman’s hormones are much different from a man’s, and may influence the way medications are used to treat blood pressure elevations. Fortunately, a great deal of data exist to guide doctors, and you and your physician will have to work closely together to determine which medications and at what dosages work best for you. There are many choices, and with diligence and patience you’ll find the drug therapy that’s just right for you.
But drug treatment is just part of the equation for controlling blood pressure. Once again we come back to diet and exercise. Weight loss can help bring hypertension down significantly, with or without medications. And exercise has both a direct and an indirect effect in getting the numbers down.
Although not everyone responds favourably to sodium restriction, women, in particular, can benefit by limiting the use of the salt shaker. Even if this doesn’t directly lower blood pressure, sodium restriction can limit the amount of fluid retained by the tissues. This, in turn, can help control weight. No, you probably won’t need to go on a strict sodium-restricted diet, but cutting back will do no harm and almost certainly some good.
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