How to Improve High Blood Pressure with Medication

If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure and you can't lower it enough with lifestyle changes, medication is the next option.

Dr. Anthony Fletcher, Interventional Cardiology, says you can start as simple as low dose diuretics. There are also various medications such as calcium channel blockers or ACE inhibitors. These medications can be tailored to the individual based on their other medical conditions, sometimes sex or race.

"Then you have to follow up, check those blood pressures. That's where your home blood pressure monitor comes in to play. Come in with a diary, for example, of what your blood pressure has been doing at home. Continue to monitor those readings with your physicians so that they can appropriately adjust the medications," Dr. Fletcher said.