Lesson 1 – Blood Pressure? What’s That?
- 1.1 Introduction
- 1.2 Learning Objectives
- 1.3 Into the Vessels We Go -Part 1
- 1.4 Into the Vessels We Go-Part 2
- 1.5 Measuring Blood Pressure
- 1.6 Know Your Numbers! What is Normal Blood Pressure?
- 1.7 What Causes High Blood Pressure?
- 1.8 Summary
- 1.9 Recommended Reading & Videos
- 1.10 Homework
- 1.11 Sources
- Quiz 1
Lesson 2-What’s True and What’s Not?
Lesson 3-Understanding Your Medication
Lesson 4-Watch Out
Lesson 5-The Basics of a Heart-Healthy Diet
- 5.1 Introduction
- 5.2 Learning Objectives
- 5.3 What is A Healthy Eating Plan?
- 5.5 Fruits, Also Known as Nature’s Candy
- 5.6 Eat Your Vegetables
- 5.7 Great Grains
- 5.8 Keep It Lean
- 5.9 Nuts, Seeds and Dairy
- 5.10 The Facts on Fat and Sugar
- 5.11 Sodium and the Salt Shaker
- 5.11 Eat SMART
- 5.12 Summary
- 5.13 Recommended Readings and Videos
- 5.14 Homework
- Quiz 5
Lesson 6 – Lesson 6 – Meal Planning, Shopping & Cooking
Lesson 7-So You Want to Eat Out?
Lesson 8-Move Your Body
- 8.1 Introduction
- 8.2 Learning Objectives
- 8.3 Benefits of Physical Activity
- 8.4 Recommendations for Getting Active
- 8.5 How to Get Started
- 8.6 How to Keep Going (Staying Motivated)
- 8.7 Are You Ready to Get Active?
- 8.8 Move SMART
- 8.9 Summary
- 8.10 Recommended Reading and Videos
- 8.11 Homework
- 8.12 Sources
- Quiz 8
Lesson 9-Supplements! Are they Help or Hype?
Lesson 10-Sleep and Stress Management
Lesson 11-Rethinking Your Drink and Quit Smoking
Lesson 12-Support Can Make A Big Difference
3.5 Classes of Medications-Part 3
CALCIUM CHANNEL BLOCKERS: The heart is a muscle that contracts each time it beats, and calcium helps muscles to contract. Calcium channel blockers help blood vessels relax and widen. This lowers blood pressure.
- Amlodipine (Norvasc®)
- Clevidipine (Cleviprex®)
- Diltiazem (Cardizem®, Cartia®, Dilacor®)
- Felodipine (Plendil®)
- Isradipine (Dynacirc CR®)
Food-Drug Interactions: Grapefruit juice may interact with Nifedipine (Adalat®, Nifediac®, Procardia®). Avoid eating or drinking grapefruit juice while taking these medications.
VASODILATORS: They help the blood vessels to open and relax. This lowers blood pressure.
ALPHA BLOCKERS: They decrease the resistance of the blood vessels and lower blood pressure by helping the blood vessels to relax.
Side Effects and Other Warnings
Sometimes a combination of medications may be needed to control blood pressure and some medications are given based on other medical conditions. Sometimes you may need to switch to a different medication. Also, sometimes medications have side effects. Side effects are undesirable and unintended effects of some medications. Side effects of some high blood pressure medications include:
- Leg cramps
- Increase in blood sugar
- Tiredness or depression
- Insomnia (can’t sleep at night, tired during the day)
- Cold hands and feet
- Slow heartbeat
- Symptoms of asthma
- Skin rash
- A cough that doesn’t go away
I have provided this list only as a warning. This is not to scare you. You may experience side effects, or you may not. If you do experience any of these side effects, let your doctor know. They can change your medications or decrease the dose of the medications. If you haven’t been prescribed medication to lower your blood pressure, there are some lifestyle changes that you can make!