Column: Dr James On High Blood Pressure

September 8, 2015

Stanley James Sep 2015[Written by Dr. Stanley James, MD]

Do you know someone with high blood pressure? That person may be you. Many times people find out when it is too late [heart attack, stroke or kidney failure]. That is why high blood pressure is called the silent killer. Yet it does not have to take you out. It is east to and there are effective treatments for high blood pressure.

So what if I have high blood pressure?

Are you kidding me? High blood pressure can hurt you in many ways. Your heart may enlarge and get weak. Your blood vessels may develop bulges and weak spots than can lead to a heart attack. Your eyes can also be affected by high blood pressure leading to blindness and finally your kidneys may be injured.

What can I do if I have high blood pressure?

By losing weight and reducing the salt in your diet you are off to a good start. Additionally, if you eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day you will help reduce your blood pressure as well. Being physically active [after talking with your doctor] is one of the best things a person with high blood pressure can do. Finally quitting smoking is a must.

Do I need to be on medication or drugs for my pressure?

It depends, some people are able to get their blood pressure down into acceptable ranges simply by losing weight, exercising, sleeping well, managing stress and eating right. Yet for other people despite doing these things their blood pressure remains high. The good news is that there are many different types of medications which can be tailored to your needs. Your doctor will work with you to find the right medication for you.

What are the side effects?

Side effects differ depending on the patient and the drug. For some people there are no obvious side effects. For other people there could be dizziness, others have a cough, increased urination is a symptom or certain drugs and still others have swelling of the ankles. One of the most bothersome side effects is difficulty getting or maintaining an erection. Instead of stopping the medication if you have any of these symptoms just go to your doctor and he will help you sort it out.

This article is written for informational purposes only by Certified Medical Professionals at the Northshore Medical and Aesthetics Center [NMAC]. It is not for use to diagnose or treat any condition that you may have. Always consult with you doctor.

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  1. DONALD says:


    DR. James is 100% correct. He is trying to save your life before it is to late.
    Wait to see what Dr. James has to say about stroke.

    ALWAYS , ALWAYS ,Call 911 AT ANY TIME…. day or night…. the ambulance will come to you with MEDICATION .

    Beyond your wildest dreams.

    FACT …
    Do not play Russian Roulette with your heath.

    HEART ATTACK …You are in for a $60,0000 +++ in medical expenses, you whole life savings will be gone.
    That is if you don’t DROP DEAD ON THE SPOT.

    You may say that a heart attack could never happen to you and Why me !.

    Get a check up , NOW !

    What is it about DIET and EXERCISE you don’t understand.

    What is it about HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE you don’t understand

    This country drastically needs to change its life style.

    You are over weight ? make a Will.

    You can eat your way back to healthy with nuts ; fruit; vegetables
    and plenty of water .

    Before EXERCISE go see your Doctor first.

    Learn how to cook like your grand Parents using seasoning,
    and learn all about different healthy foods.

    Prevention is always better than the cure.

    Go on you tube view “Food that kills” .

    Basic Killer foods.

    Junk food
    Fat foods
    Cooking FATS
    Red meat
    All Dairy products.
    Chicken and Eggs.
    and CIGARETTE smoking.

    Our most distant relative is NOT the Meat eating Lion, Tiger Cat, or Dog, but could be the Grass eating Cow and Horse.

  2. Spotty says:

    Spotty say Donald. I believe you might right wif one thing. Your closest relation might be a horse. A certain part in particular!!!!FACT