Clinical Trials Offer Potential Treatments
If these causes of resistant hypertension aren't to blame or treatment doesn't work, talk to your doctor about joining a clinical trial for high blood pressure. Clinical trials evaluate potential treatments that have shown some benefit against disease in the laboratory, in animal experiments or in a certain number of people.
Many clinical trials for hypertension involve the study of new medications or medication combinations. Some trials evaluate how well certain medications will work for people who have other specific medical problems, such as diabetes or obesity. Some are investigating alternative therapies, such as acupuncture or biofeedback.
Talk to your doctor about the possible role a clinical trial could play in your overall treatment strategy.
Don't give up on meeting your blood pressure goal
Coping with resistant hypertension can be challenging and frustrating. When your blood pressure remains stubbornly high, you might be tempted to just quit trying to get it under control.
Try to have patience and do a little detective work with your health care team. If you can get to the bottom of your resistant hypertension, you can find appropriate treatments. Your health is worth it.
The dangers of high blood pressure: A look at what hypertension can do to different parts of your body
Hypertension is a "silent killer" because of its stealth attack on vital organs. See what damage it can cause so that you can stop it.
You've probably heard the warnings from your doctor: If you don't effectively control your blood pressure, it'll cause damage throughout your body. You may wind up with a disability, a poor quality of life or even a fatal heart attack.
Don't panic at the prospect of such complications, though. Rather, learn more about them so that you know what's at stake and can gain a better sense of why successfully managing your high blood pressure is so important.
Here's a look at the complications high blood pressure (hypertension) can cause when it's not effectively controlled.