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April 17, 2014

High blood pressure often has no symptoms

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Daily blood pressure medication. If one medicine does not adequately lower your blood pressure, you may be asked to take more than one for optimal blood pressure control. Often a combination of medicines is required, so work with your health care provider to determine what is best for you.

Stop smoking and using other tobacco products, which are commonly linked to heart disease.

Alcohol or illicit drug use: If you feel you are dependent on either alcohol or illicit drugs, speak to your health-care professional.

To keep your heart and general health in top condition, take time to develop a productive relationship with your health care team.

Bring your spouse, family member or friend with you to doctor visits, since you may not remember to ask all necessary questions.

The time and effort you spend today toward reaching your health care goals, will benefit you and your family tomorrow.

Dr. Demetrius P. Rizos, DO, FACP, FASN, is a board certified internist, nephrologist and clinical hypertension specialist in the Steward Health Care Network.

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