Daily Life with Hypertension
Annotation:Mayo Clinic - A listing of common medications that can affect blood pressure or that can sometimes interfere with medications intended to lower your blood pressure.
Annotation:American Heart Association - Provides clear, complete information on home monitoring, with tips on what monitor to choose, and a video demonstration.
Annotation:American Heart Association - A self-help online tool to track and manage your heart health, you can record health data such as blood pressure, weight, and exercise with online trackers, access additional information and resources, and even share your results with your provider. Requires registration.
Annotation:Mayo Clinic - Presents the benefits of exercise for treating hypertension.
Annotation:American Heart Association - A high-sodium diet may be to blame for much of the development of high blood pressure. This site shows you what sodium does, how much is in foods, and helps you to reduce the amount of salt in your diet with tables and recipes.
Annotation:American Heart Association - Provides dietary recommendations for increasing the potassium in your diet, both to blunt the effect of dietary sodium, and to deal with the potential loss of blood potassium caused by some high blood pressure medications. Notes the need to avoid overdoses, which can occur with supplements, including salt substitutes, in people who also have kidney disease.
Annotation:National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health - A brief fact sheet to help you make healthy food choices.
Annotation:National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health - The comprehensive publication discusses the DASH eating plan, and includes tips on how to reduce salt and fats in your diet, with sample menus.
Annotation:Mayo Clinic - Discusses the challenges to sexual satisfaction that accompany both high blood pressure and its treatment and provides tips for good communication with your doctor.
Annotation:National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health - Discusses the methods for treating erectile dysfunction which can occur in consequence of high blood pressure and its treatment.
Annotation:FamilyDoctor.org, American Academy of Family Physicians - Discusses aspects of sexual dysfunctions, in men and women, which in some cases is related to high blood pressure and its treatment.
Annotation:National Institutes of Health - This is a wonderful article that explains the stages patients experience after a diagnosis of chronic illness, followed by practical strategies for coping with the realities of a new “normal.”
Annotation:Michael Castleman and SeniorNet - This is an excellent article on coping strategies for chronic conditions.
Annotation:Mayo Clinic - Clear discussion of how stress can affect your health and how to cope, note links to suggested ways to minimize and manage stress.
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