Pay attention to this if you have high blood pressure

According to some new research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 70th Annual Scientific Session roughly 20 % of adults (in the US although it’s very probably much the same up here) with high blood pressure (HBP) are taking a drug for some other problem that could be raising their blood pressure.

And what kind of drugs do that, you are probably asking.

The three most common classes of medications that are known to elevate BP were antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen (both available over-the-counter, so lots of people probably don’t even consider them to be meds), and oral steroids used to treat inflammatory conditions like gout and some forms of arthritis.

So the bottom line here is pretty simple: If you are among the many millions with HBP, and you are taking some meds for other conditions (I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of HBP patients are also taking other meds), then discuss with your doctor what adjustments you should make, such as, ahem, considering coming off some of the meds you are on.