Blood Pressure-Lowering Drug Use

Evaluating Risk Factors: High Blood Pressure Medications

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as blood pressure-lowering drug use — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

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In the Supplement And Medication Use section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about blood pressure-lowering drug use:
Have you used medications to lower your blood pressure?
Possible responses:
→ No / Don't know
→ In the past only
→ Currently using, blood pressure easily controlled
→ Currently using, blood pressure hard to control
→ Currently using, blood pressure not under control

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either past blood pressure drug use or blood pressure-lowering drug use, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as:
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) also suggests the following possibilities:

Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is usually a hereditary disorder, although incidence of this form of cardiomyopathy may also be higher in people with hypertension.  [Hypertension 1994;24(5): pp.585-90]

Retinopathy

High blood pressure can affect the vessels in the eyes; some blood vessels can narrow and thicken / harden (arteriosclerosis).  There will be flame-shaped hemorrhages and macular swelling (edema).  This edema may cause distorted or decreased vision and is a condition known as hypertensive retinopathy.

Senile Dementia

Hypertension is a risk factor for reduced circulation in the brain, sometimes called ischemic vascular dementia (IVD).

Gout / Hyperuricemia

Gout is strongly associated with obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes.

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