Frequently asked questions about high blood pressure

“My blood pressure is out of balance, what’s the reason?”

Blood pressure variation is a normal occurrence. It varies between day and night and also according to different daily situations, such as talking on the phone, walking and exercising, among others.

2. “I usually have higher blood pressure in the morning, is that normal?”

This is somewhat normal, as blood pressure is higher during the early morning hours. In most patients it decreases during the siesta or during the night rest.

3. “I have not taken the pill to check my blood pressure”.

Many patients who come to the cardiology office have not taken the pill because they want to see what their blood pressure is. The doctor already knows that the patient is hypertensive, the objective of the consultation is to know if the pressure is controlled with the indicated treatment, but if the patient does not take the medication, it is impossible to evaluate if the treatment is correct.

4. “I ran out of pills a couple of weeks ago and I have not bought them again for fear that they will change my treatment”.

The patient prefers not to buy the medication for fear that it will no longer be useful. This sometimes causes the patient to go to the doctor’s office with high blood pressure. If for some reason the Cardiology specialist considers it necessary to change the medication, it may be useful later on or even combine it with the other one.

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5. “Can the treatment cause sexual impotence?”

Some drugs can favor sexual impotence, but it is practically avoided when these are used in low doses. On the other hand, nowadays there are medications that do not affect sexual function.

6. Is the treatment lifelong?

Yes, since arterial hypertension is a chronic disease that cannot be cured, but is controlled; therefore, it requires sustained treatment.

7. Do tranquilizers lower blood pressure?

There is no study that shows that anxiolytics or sedatives cause a drop in blood pressure. Their use may cause a decrease in the state of anxiety and, therefore, in the level of vasoactive substances. However, tranquilizers are not specific antihypertensives.