High Blood Pressure Treatment

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Unlike most health conditions, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (the "silent killer") often has no warning signs or symptoms. Also called hypertension, it is an important health issue in the United States, affecting about 1 in every 3 adults. People with high blood pressure have an increased risk of getting heart disease, stroke, and even kidney disease.

Why is it so important to know about DRUGS for treatment? Over two-thirds of Americans diagnosed with high blood pressure take some sort of medication to treat it.

To find out how much you really know about this class of drugs, take this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following is an example of a class of drugs used to treat high blood pressure?

    • A.

      Statins

    • B.

      Beta blockers

    • C.

      Calcium channel blockers

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      B and C

    Correct Answer
    E. B and C
    Explanation
    Beta blockers and calcium channel blockers are both examples of drugs used to treat high blood pressure. Beta blockers work by blocking the effects of adrenaline, which reduces the heart rate and the force of the heart's contractions, thereby lowering blood pressure. Calcium channel blockers work by relaxing and widening blood vessels, making it easier for blood to flow through them and reducing blood pressure. Therefore, both B and C are correct answers as they both belong to the class of drugs used to treat high blood pressure.

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  • 2. 

    What is another name for drugs known as "water pills?"

    • A.

      Antacids

    • B.

      Diuretics

    • C.

      Steroids

    • D.

      Antibiotics

    Correct Answer
    B. Diuretics
    Explanation
    Diuretics are commonly referred to as "water pills" because they help the body get rid of excess water and salt through increased urine production. They are often prescribed to treat conditions like high blood pressure, edema, and kidney disorders. Diuretics work by increasing the amount of urine produced by the kidneys, which helps to reduce fluid retention in the body. Therefore, diuretics are an appropriate alternative name for drugs known as "water pills".

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following is a type of water pill?

    • A.

      Cozaar

    • B.

      Norvasc

    • C.

      Hydrochlorothiazide

    • D.

      Toprol XL

    • E.

      Zestril

    Correct Answer
    C. Hydrochlorothiazide
    Explanation
    Hydrochlorothiazide is a type of water pill, also known as a diuretic. It helps to increase the production of urine, thereby reducing the amount of water and salt in the body. This medication is commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and edema (swelling) caused by various conditions. It works by blocking the reabsorption of sodium and chloride in the kidneys, promoting the excretion of excess fluid. Cozaar, Norvasc, Toprol XL, and Zestril are not water pills but rather medications used to treat hypertension and other cardiovascular conditions.

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  • 4. 

    True or False:You should only take your blood pressure medication when you don't feel well.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Taking blood pressure medication only when you don't feel well is not recommended. Blood pressure medication is typically prescribed to help manage and control high blood pressure on a daily basis, regardless of how you feel. Consistent use of medication is important to maintain stable blood pressure levels and reduce the risk of complications associated with high blood pressure, such as heart disease or stroke. Therefore, the statement that you should only take blood pressure medication when you don't feel well is false.

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  • 5. 

    True or False:Some people may be prescribed more than one medication for blood pressure.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    It is true that some people may be prescribed more than one medication for blood pressure. This is because blood pressure can be influenced by various factors, and different medications may be needed to effectively manage it. Additionally, some individuals may have other underlying health conditions that require multiple medications to be taken simultaneously. Therefore, it is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe more than one medication to control and regulate blood pressure.

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  • 6. 

    True or False: All blood pressure drugs work exactly the same way in the body.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    False. Not all blood pressure drugs work exactly the same way in the body. There are different classes of blood pressure medications that work through different mechanisms to lower blood pressure. Some common classes include diuretics, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and calcium channel blockers. Each class of medication targets different aspects of blood pressure regulation and may have different side effects and interactions with other medications. Therefore, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate blood pressure medication for an individual's specific needs.

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  • 7. 

    What is the GENERIC name for Lasix?

    • A.

      Metoprolol

    • B.

      Enalapril

    • C.

      Amlodipine

    • D.

      Lisinopril

    • E.

      Furosemide

    Correct Answer
    E. Furosemide
    Explanation
    The generic name for Lasix is Furosemide. Lasix is a brand name for the medication that contains the active ingredient Furosemide. Furosemide is a diuretic medication that is commonly used to treat fluid retention and high blood pressure. It works by increasing the amount of urine produced by the kidneys, thus helping to remove excess fluid from the body.

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  • 8. 

    What class of blood pressure drugs works in the kidneys to get rid of excess water and salt?

    • A.

      Alpha blockers

    • B.

      Diuretics

    • C.

      Beta blockers

    • D.

      Vasodilators

    • E.

      ACE inhibitors

    Correct Answer
    B. Diuretics
    Explanation
    Diuretics are a class of blood pressure drugs that work in the kidneys to eliminate excess water and salt from the body. They promote diuresis, which increases urine production and helps reduce the volume of blood and fluid in the bloodstream. By reducing the amount of fluid in the body, diuretics help lower blood pressure. This class of drugs is commonly prescribed for individuals with high blood pressure or conditions such as congestive heart failure or kidney disease, where excess fluid retention is a concern.

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  • 9. 

    When should you take your medication?

    • A.

      When you feel sick

    • B.

      At the same time every day

    • C.

      Whenever you feel like taking it

    • D.

      At a different time every day

    Correct Answer
    B. At the same time every day
    Explanation
    Taking medication at the same time every day is important for maintaining consistent levels of the medication in the body. This helps to ensure that the medication is effective and provides the desired therapeutic effect. Taking medication at different times every day can lead to fluctuations in drug levels, which may result in reduced effectiveness or potential side effects. Therefore, establishing a routine and taking medication at the same time every day is recommended for optimal treatment outcomes.

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  • 10. 

    What are important things to remember when taking drugs to treat high blood pressure?

    • A.

      Follow-up with your doctor AT LEAST every 3-6 months once you reach your target blood pressure

    • B.

      Take your medication the SAME WAY (time of day, how often, with/without food) EVERY DAY and DO NOT skip doses

    • C.

      Refill your medication BEFORE it runs out: NEVER wait til the last day

    • D.

      Exercising, maintaining a healthy diet, cutting down on salty foods, limiting alcohol intake, and quitting smoking are lifestyle habits that can help keep your blood pressure under control

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    The important things to remember when taking drugs to treat high blood pressure include following up with your doctor regularly, taking medication consistently, refilling medication before it runs out, and adopting healthy lifestyle habits. These habits include exercising, maintaining a healthy diet, cutting down on salty foods, limiting alcohol intake, and quitting smoking. All of these factors together help in keeping blood pressure under control.

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