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The causes of hypertension

High blood pressure can be defined under two types: primary and secondary, which is largely defined by the suspected cause.

Primary hypertension is diagnosed when there is no specific cause that can be associated with a patient developing symptoms. However, there are still risk factors that need to be taken into consideration such as a person's unhealthy eating habits, a lack of exercise, excessive alcohol use, genetics or even high stress levels.

Secondary hypertension is diagnosed when a specific health problem or medication can be directly attributed to it.

The symptoms of high blood pressure

It's not common for hypertension patients to experience noticeable symptoms, which is why you are unlikely to know that you have it unless you go to your doctor to have your blood pressure monitored. This is why it's very important to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis, especially if you are older.

However, the body can sometimes provide subtle signs to look out for, which can be an indication that your blood pressure is higher than it should be. A person with hypertension may for example, on rare occasions, experience headaches, shortness of breath, nosebleeds, blurred vision or sexual dysfunction.

When a doctor suspects that you may have high blood pressure, they do a pressure test, which measures the strain that is exercised on the walls of blood vessels. They may choose to measure your blood pressure over a few visits to eliminate the possibility of white coat hypertension. This is when a patient exhibits higher than normal levels in the doctor's office but not at home, usually indicating nervousness and tension during their appointment.

What complications can arise as a result of hypertension?

If high blood pressure isn't treated, it can lead to serious health complications. These include heart problems, strokes, blood clots or aneurysms, which are all conditions with a high fatality rate. If a woman develops high blood pressure during pregnancy, which is also known as pregnancy induced hypertension, it can lead to a condition known as pre-eclampsia which is very dangerous for both mother and baby.

The hypertension treatments available

It's important that hypertension should be treated correctly once it has been diagnosed. Initially, depending on how high your blood pressure is and the current state of your health, your doctor may suggest that you try to eat healthier, avoiding too much salt and fat in your diet and that you become more active.

However if these lifestyle changes don't help or your health is at serious risk, you may be prescribed medication in conjunction with better lifestyle choices. Widely prescribed treatments include: Amlodipine, Bendroflumethiazide, Lisinopril and Ramipril. These treatments help ease the flow of blood around the body by either widening arteries or by reducing blood volume.

Ordering hypertension treatment online

Amlodipine, Bendroflumethiazide, Lisinopril and Ramipril are all treatments that are available to order online at 121doc if you have already been prescribed them. Ordering is simple. You'll be asked to complete a consultation so that our doctor can ensure that you can safely use this treatment. This consultation will be checked by our doctor who will issue a prescription, which will be passed on to our pharmacy, from where your treatment will be shipped for delivery the next day. All consultations are free and items are dispatched for next day delivery at no additional charge.

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ACE inhibitors

ACE inhibitors work by stopping certain chemicals in the body from naturally restricting blood vessels to control blood pressure. They are often given to patients with other underlying conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular issues.

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Diuretics

Diuretics work by removing excess water from the body. By reducing volume and pressure within blood vessels, the heart's workload is also reduced. A secondary benefit is that they also improve kidney function.

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Calcium channel blockers

A calcium channel blocker prevents the transport of calcium into cells lining arteries. In turn, this relaxes the arteries and allows a higher volume of blood to flow through. That way, the heart doesn't have to work as hard.

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Combination therapies

These three-in-one pills combine the effects of different medications. They allow patients who usually take multiple pills to take one single daily pill - an easy way to remember to take your medication.

If you have already been prescribed a treatment, you can order online here.

FAQs

What is included in the online consultation?
Will a doctor review my consultation?
What happens after I submit my order?
Is the price all-inclusive?
Can I place more than one order at a time?
What are my delivery options?
Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?
How do I know which treatment is best for me?
Is this service discreet?
What is included in the online consultation?

Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.

All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.

Will a doctor review my consultation?

It is a legal and medical requirement that a doctor first reviews all completed consultations. We have a team of in-house doctors and specialists who will ensure your selected treatment is safe for your use. All information is stored securely and confidentially.

Please note, we do not guarantee that our doctors will approve treatment.

What happens after I submit my order?

Your consultation will be sent directly to our medical team, where it will be reviewed by one of our doctors.

If your chosen treatment is deemed suitable for your use, they will issue a prescription. Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacy, where your medication will be dispensed and dispatched for courier delivery.

Is the price all-inclusive?

Yes. All 121doc orders include a medical consultation, a prescription and next-day delivery. There are no additional costs. We believe in providing a safe and easy-to-use service.

Can I place more than one order at a time?

Yes. However, certain medications may negatively interact with each other. Our doctors may not approve your order on this basis.

You can place multiple items in one basket, and complete a consultation for all.

If you wish to place a second order for a different medication, you will have to complete a separate consultation.

What are my delivery options?

We offer several delivery options:

  • Next-day delivery
  • UPS Access Point - convenient parcel drop-off and collection near your home or work address
  • Nominated-day delivery - choose the most convenient day for delivery

All these options can be tracked and require a signature on delivery. If you are not available, a friend or relative can sign in your place.

None of these options will incur an additional charge.

Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?

To ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company, you should look to see their country’s regulatory bodies verify them.

In the UK, this is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Certificates can be viewed here.

How do I know which treatment is best for me?

Some treatments also offer the 'Advise Me' function. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle and needs, plus medical questions. You will then be presented with the advice of our doctors.

Is this service discreet?

Our patients’ privacy is of utmost importance. All your medical information is securely stored and only viewed by our doctors. We do not share your details with third-parties. We are also regularly inspected by various UK regulatory agencies, such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

All orders will only show on invoices, bank statements, etc. as ‘HHC Ltd’.

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