The advanced practice nurse is updating the plan of care of nursing home patients with hypertension.
- Briefly describe the therapeutic actions of drugs affecting blood pressure (diuretics, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, CCB, sympathetic nervous system drugs).
- What important teaching points should be addressed for patients receiving antihypertensive drugs?
- Your initial post should be at least 750 words, formatted and cited in current APA style with support from at least 3 academic sources.
Requirements: at least 750 words
Also, patients need to know the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and regular intake of antihypertensive drugs should be imposed on the patient. Many patients are not aware of how diet can help manage blood pressure. High blood pressure is not a disease that one can treat and ignore. It is a condition that requires lifelong management to keep the blood pressure under control (Benetos, Petrovic, & Strandberg, 2019). The crucial teachings include taking medications properly according to the doctor’s prescription even when they pose side effects. It is good to discuss it with the doctor about it. Patients should be aware of the importance of regular doctor visits to help work with the doctor in managing the disease. Stress is a high-risk factor in raising blood pressure. Therefore, patients should understand how to handle negative thoughts and remain optimistic to help control their blood pressure levels.