Most patients know that high blood pressure is bad, but many high blood pressure patients get used to having it. They take their medication, without making any significant lifestyle changes, and assume that the problem is under control. They don’t realize that they could eventually develop “medication resistant hypertension”, or high blood pressure that can’t be controlled even when simultaneously taking three different blood pressure medications.
Old age and obesity are the two of the biggest risk factors for resistant hypertension. Other factors include secondary causes of high blood pressure due to certain healthcare conditions, drug-related causes, high consumption of alcohol and/or salt, etc. The role of genetics isn’t clear at this time.
The “takeaway” from resistant hypertension is that patients with high blood pressure should never become comfortable with their condition, regardless of whether or not it can be controlled by medication. Any diagnosis of high blood pressure should be taken as a serious health threat, one that needs to be dealt with before it gets worse. Lifestyle changes don’t get easier as we age, become obese or get more out of shape. All of these factors just layer on additional health problems that make lifestyle changes more and more difficult. The sooner we start, the less damage our health will suffer and the easier it will be to get back into shape.
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