Dr. Seheult starts out with the basics of hypertension and the risk factors and lifestyle changes that can be modified. He then gets into the most common hypertension medications, ARBs, ACE inhibitors, Beta Blockers, Calcium Channel blockers & Diuretics.

  These meds cross over to kidney function and he talks about how they interact.  What other systems are involed?  What signs and symptoms are you looking for in patients on anti hypertensive medication?  A patient may get orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure when standing) What could go wrong?  They could get out of bed, blood drains down from their brain, they get woozy and fall.  That’s a ‘could go wrong’  With that in mind you want to be with them when they stand up.  Advise them to always get up slowly and from a lying position, sit up with feet dangling for a minute then stand all the way up.  What are some other ‘could go wrongs’ with a patient on hypertension meds and how would you be prepared?

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