Dealing with health issues can be an every day process for people as they get older. When seniors age, they will naturally deal with diminished strength, increased health risks, and possibly a trip to the hospital a bit more often than they would like. When a person is dealing with high blood pressure on top of everything else, it’s essential that they get on top of that and heed their doctor’s advice.
In many cases, prescription medications can control high blood pressure.
Only a licensed doctor can diagnose and treat high blood pressure. If a person goes to their local pharmacy or other store and sits down at one of those self-monitoring blood pressure machines and finds out they have high blood pressure, they should immediately make an appointment with their doctor.
They should never take matters into their own hands.
Unfortunately, a lot of people will just monitor their own blood pressure, make a few dietary changes because of something they read online, or even try certain over-the-counter medications because they heard from a friend or a friend of a friend that this was one way to bring down blood pressure.
They should always consult their doctor and, if prescribed, take those medications as directed. If the senior has been hospitalized recently because of some serious health issue, high blood pressure could complicate the recovery process.
It may be more challenging or potentially dangerous for them to exercise. If a person has high blood pressure it might take a while for medications to begin working and bringing it down and it could also lead to an increased risk of other serious health issues, including acute myocardial infarction, stroke, and more.
They should always talk to their doctor if they have questions or concerns.
When a senior is being set for discharge from the hospital, his or her doctor will likely provide a lot of information and instructions about what they can do to recover. If they don’t listen, if they don’t pay attention, or if they completely ignore those instructions because they don’t want to exercise, change their diet, quit smoking, or something else, they dramatically increase the risk of ending up right back in the hospital before long.
If that happens within 30 days of discharge, it would technically be considered a readmission and, unfortunately, it could have been avoided easily. With high blood pressure, things can become complicated, which is why it’s is essential to defer to the knowledge and expertise of a trained medical professional.
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