3. Don’t let high blood pressure get you down

According to a study in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, you may have little say in the matter. The study followed patients with hypertension for five years and looked at four commonly prescribed blood pressure medications. They found that calcium antagonists and beta blockers put patients at “two-fold increased risk of hospital admission for mood disorder, compared to patients on…angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin-receptor blockers.” The good – angiotensin antagonists could be studied as a possible treatment for mood disorders. The bad – mental health is under-recognized by physicians when medications are being prescribed. What good is average blood pressure if the treatment promotes severe depression? This InsightCity writer will not end this serious post with a joke but promises to be extra funny next time.