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Study raises questions about effects of blood pressure medication

It is estimated that one-third of Americans take medication to treat high blood pressure. If not properly controlled, high blood pressure can cause very serious health issues, including kidney failure, stroke, heart attack, and heart failure. So of course, it is vital that the condition be treated. But a recent survey indicates that high blood pressure medications may produce unwanted and even dangerous side effects.

The survey studied 144,066 adults with an average age of 56, all of whom were middle age or older, including 32,130 people who were taking one of four different kinds of high blood pressure medications; thiazide diuretics, beta blockers, angiotensin antagonists, and calcium channel blockers.

Over a five year period, 299 people were hospitalized due to mood disorders. Eighty-four percent were admitted for persistent depression as well as bipolar disorder and various other mental-health issues. Those who were using calcium channel blockers and beta blockers were far more likely to receive hospital treatment than those using thiazide diuretics, angiotensin antagonists or no medication at all.

Admittedly, the percentage of those who were taking high blood pressure medication and were admitted to hospitals with mood disorders was not disturbingly high, and it is likely that more studies are needed to confirm a link. But it is also important to remember that it's the exceptions that doctors must be aware of when prescribing medications.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a doctor prescribing a medication that caused severe side effects, you may want to seek the advice and guidance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. The attorney can perform an investigation to determine if you received an acceptable level of care. The attorney can then help you decide the best avenue by which to pursue compensation.

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