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What is resistant hypertension?

Resistant hypertension is when high blood pressure stays high even with excellent medical treatment. About 20 to 30 percent of people with high blood pressure have resistant hypertension. Old age and obesity are two main risk factors for resistant hypertension, according to the American Heart Association. Still, other people with resistant hypertension may have problems including type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and kidney disease. Sometimes resistant hypertension is the result of poor blood pressure measurement. It may be an indication of excess sodium intake, inadequate diurectic therapy and drug interactions such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that may increase blood pressure. Also, drinking alcohol in excess may result in resistant hypertension.
Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Resistant hypertension is simply high blood pressure that's difficult to control. More specifically, it means you've tried at least three different antihypertensives to lower your blood pressure without any luck. In the end people with resistant hypertension may need to see a specialist in order to get proper treatment for their condition. Make sure you discuss any other drugs or supplements you might be taking with your doctor because they could be the cause of your unusually resistant high blood pressure.

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