A useful combination is that of a beta blocker with an alpha blocker in patients with high blood pressure and enlargement of the prostate gland in order to treat both conditions simultaneously. Caution is necessary when combining two drugs that both lower the heart rate. For example, patients receiving a combination of a beta blocker to a non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker (for example, diltiazem [ Cardizem , Dilacor, Tiazac ] or verapamil [ Calan , Verelan , Isoptin , Covera-HS ]) need to be monitored carefully to avoid an excessively slow heart rate (bradycardia). Combining alpha and beta blockers such as carvedilol ( Coreg ) and labetalol ( Normodyne , Trandate ) is useful for cardiomyopathies and for hypertension patients.
If you have severe hypertension or with the natural approach your blood pressure has not dropped below 140/105, you will need to work with a physician to select the most appropriate medication. If a prescription drug is necessary, a calcium channel blockers or ACE inhibitors alone or in combination with a diuretic appear to be the safest when Level 3 Support is required. Follow the supplement recommendations given for Level 2 Support. When satisfactory control over the high blood pressure has been achieved, work with the physician to taper off the medication.
Eye pressure is also called intraocular pressure (IOP) and is measured with a special tonometry device. Pressure is recorded in millimetres of mercury (mmHg).
Normal eye pressure ranges from 10 to 21 mmHg. Ocular hypertension is defined as an eye pressure of greater than 21 mmHg on two consecutive occasions without glaucoma changes being present.
The optometrist or ophthalmologist will verify the eye pressure findings with a procedure called pachymetry to measure the corneal thickness with an ultrasound probe.
Having a thinner cornea can give false low eye pressure readings, but a thicker cornea can give false high eye pressure readings.