By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – We know that high blood pressure is called the silent killer. It’s also well known that many people refuse to take medications to control it or they stop taking medicine because of unwanted side effects.READ MORE: Body Of 19-Year-Old Irving Mayren-Guzman Found In Marshy Area Near Pleasantville Strip Club
Naturally, this is frustrating for physicians who want their patients to get better and it is clear we need to keep communicating the importance of this to everyone.READ MORE: Wilmington Police Department Says There Is Diversity In Its Ranks Following City Council 'No Confidence' Vote In Police Chief
But, there are also people who don’t always have the pressure under control because the regular medications that work for most of us don’t work for them. In these cases cardiologists and nephrologists, doctors who specialize in kidney problems, can be of great help. Controlling hypertension is an important way to avoid the long-term damage of uncontrolled pressure.MORE NEWS: Murder Trial Underway For Man Accused Of Killing Wife, Mother-In-Law Over Missing Magazine For Handgun
The bottom line is, no matter how you do it, it has to get done.