True story. A 60-something guy walks into his doctor’s office for a routine checkup. The doc measures his BP. “Wow, it’s really high,” she says. “I’m going to prescribe you a pill that will stabilize your blood pressure.”Fast forward to a few months later, the man goes back to his doctor for another checkup. She measures his blood pressure and it’s perfect. “Very good. Those pills are doing the trick,” she says, feeling satisfied with her successful treatment. “Yes, but doc,” the patient replies, “I didn’t actually take the blood pressure pills.”
Yes, this really is a true story. I shudder to think that this person would be on BP meds for life on the basis of one erratic reading. He didn’t have a history of high blood pressure.
Patients that start taking blood pressure pill (and many other medications) usually never come off them. He could have spent the rest of his life suffering from one or more of the following side effects of the BP meds (this is a partial list):
Source: (Note: different meds produce different side – effects. Not every drug has every side effect.)What saved him? Ironically, being a bad patient.
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