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A comprehensive manual on hypertension drugs, how to discuss them with your doctor and how to know you've made the best choices....It explains what high blood pressure drugs are, what they do, why you need them and when you don't. It explains doses, signs that you may be over medicated, age and gender differences, and how to avoid side effects and control costs. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Samuel J. Mann’s new book provides a clear, concise, and easy to read approach to ensure that patients have a proper diagnosis of hypertension and receive the right medication to handle it. The book is a valuable ‘quick read’ for the busy primary care physician and for anyone with high blood pressure. I applaud Sam for putting such a practical book together. (George Bakris, MD, director, ASH/U Chicago Hypertension Center, Chicago, IL)

Hypertension and You by Dr. Samuel Mann is a highly readable guide for our patients on the ins and outs of blood pressure treatment. The book distinguishes itself by its lucid approach to an increasingly complex issue. I congratulate the author for his wise counsel and encourage all hypertensive patients to heed it for a longer, healthier and happier life. (Franz H. Messerli, MD, FACC, FACP, professor of clinical medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Division of Cardiology, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital)

Hypertension and You: Old Drugs, New Drugs, and the Right Drugs for Your High Blood Pressure is a read for those already taking blood pressure medication - and is the first book to maintain that there's something very wrong with how doctors are prescribing drugs for it. Many patients can suspect they might be on the wrong medication, and Dr. Mann, a nationally recognized hypertension specialist, identifies those drugs likely to have side affects, and what can be used instead. Pros and cons of all commonly-used drugs are discussed with an eye to fine-tuning results for a better life. Any consumer or general health holding will find this a top pick helping identify hypertension issues and how to handle treatments. (California Bookwatch)

About the Author

Samuel J. Mann, M.D., is a Hypertension Specialist and Professor of Clinical Medicine,
New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical College. He has written more than 50 scientific articles and book chapters about hypertension. His articles have appeared in top medical journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, and American Journal of Medicine; hypertension journals such as Hypertension, Journal of Hypertension, American Journal of Hypertension, and Journal of Clinical Hypertension; and psychology journals including Psychosomatic Medicine and the Journal of Psychosomatic Research. He is the author of Healing Hypertension: A Revolutionary New Approach, which focuses on the mind/body connection in the treatment of high blood pressure. He has commented on medical news related to hypertension on major network television stations, and his appearances have included Earl Ubell’s “Healthwatch” on WCBS and “Good Day New York” on Fox. His work has been featured in many newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Newsday, Glamour, Longevity, and Bottom Line Health. He has lectured widely to hypertension specialists, general physicians, and to lay audiences.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442215178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442215177
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samuel J. Mann, MD is a nationally known Hypertension Specialist, Professor of Clinical Medicine at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, N.Y, where he combines clinical practice and research. His papers have been published in leading hypertension, medicine and psychology journals.

He is author of 2 books on hypertension:

Hypertension and You: Old Drugs, New Drugs and the Right Drugs for Your High Blood Pressure (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), focuses on the drug treatment of hypertension, with the message that we have many effective drugs but they are not being prescribed as well as they could be, with the very common consequences of uncontrolled hypertension and avoidable side effects. The reader-friendly book explains what is wrong with how the drugs are prescribed, and how to get it right. It is must reading for anyone taking medication for hypertension.

Healing Hypertension: A Revolutionary New Approach (Wiley, 1999), focuses on the mind/body connection in hypertension. Explaining why the usual suspects, stress, anger and anxiety, are not a cause of hypertension, it presents a very different understanding that is much more relevant to the management of hypertension.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T2000KW on August 27, 2013
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I read this book before making a follow-up visit with my hypertension specialist. I had determined that most of the medicines I had tried up until then were giving me shortness of breath when doing practically nothing at all, except two of them, losartan and HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide). I explained that I was no longer going to take the third medicine and suggested that we raise the dose of the HCTZ. She said that there was no "middle ground" dose between 25 mg and 50 mg but I replied that there is a way to get 37.5 mg by prescribing 3 capsules daily of the 12.5 mg dose and we went with that. I have a blood test to have done soon to check my potassium levels, and the book suggested that, too.

For the most part, the losartan and HCTZ are keeping my BP under 140/80 and I no longer am short of breath after walking across the room. That's all it used to take to make me have to stop and catch my breath. I've had a few readings just above 150 on the systolic reading. I plan to ask if I can be prescribed 4 of these daily with directions to take 3 and add another only if I encounter a somewhat salty meal, like the author of the book does with some of his patients.

The author explains very well what the angiotensin-renin system is in the body and what medicines act on the various stages of that system. He also explains how diuretics like HCTZ work, what others are available, and why a potassium-sparing diuretic might be used alongside a regular one. There is also hypertension aggravated by stress, though it's not the major cause of most people's hypertension, and how that can be addressed with certain medicines.

The book filled in some of the blank areas in my medical knowledge about hypertension.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen G. Grant on February 27, 2014
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I thought my mild hypertension was well controlled and then found out a few months ago that I had been getting lower numbers because of the way I took it. So I began to take it the right way and was disturbed to find out it was sometimes higher than I wanted it to be, i.e., higher than 120/80. So I began a journey of investigating various books, probably 50 in all, looking for information and solutions to hypertension. Like so many people, I first hoped for just a "natural" solution but when I tried to get off one of the medications I've been on for the last 8 years, I got very sick. Then I stumbled upon HYPERTENSION AND YOU and because of the good reviews and the realistice and helpful premise of the book--finding the right drug for me with helpful hints on talking to my doctor about it--I got the book.

Wow! This is an amazing book that has changed my life in real ways for the better. It clearly educated me on how the body works and what causes hypertension, what might be becausing my hypertension, and the classes of drugs that treat the different causes of hypertension. It is simply magnificent in it's clarity about every issue involved from the costs of different drugs, the correct dossages, the side effects, etc.

The book is very clear, logical, and not too difficult for the lay person, although it is not an easy read. My copy is underlined and dog eared and I have passed it on to my husband, a physician, to read to make sure I have understood everything.

What did I find out for myself? I found out that I am on exaclty the correct combination of 2 drugs I should be on! Yeah! I may ask my doctor to tweak the dosage slightly on one of the two but I will wait to see because I'm doing so well.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SueV on November 5, 2012
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An excellent book, very well written. Intended for both the lay reader and the medical professional and accessible to both. The author is a man at the top of his specialty (he knows his stuff), who still has his eye directly on the patients' welfare, both physical and financial. A rare bird.
(No, I'm not a relative. I'm a retired RN.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. R. Girard on June 5, 2013
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I had been taking a mix of ACEI and ARBs. The ARBs are very expensive. This book showed me that taking an ACE and an ARB doesn't help much at all. So I changed my "lineup" and found that increasing the dosage of the cheapest drug I was taking (captopril) made a huge difference. I should now be able to try to wean myself off of the expensive drug (valsartan) to try to cut my cost and improve my BP. This book was well worth the cost. Great ROI!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Quotes&More on December 7, 2013
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I am a researcher by trade and an individual with variable, somewhat elevated BP who needs to control it well for other medical reasons. I have read other books (e.g., High Blood Pressure for Dummies) that were a bit helpful and in some ways more detailed but nowhere near as helpful and clear as this book by Samuel Mann. My doctor and I have tried various drugs and various combinations. I think after reading this I was close but not quite at the right relative doses of a couple. This book helped incredibly to explain a coherent strategy and to help me see how patterns I already knew well I had give insight into which of the three main systems that impact BP are impacting me. I read this book in one sitting (highlighting a lot in my Kindle that I will review in coming days). I truly understand some very important insights for me vastly better than three hours ago. I had been getting so frustrated reading other books and much info on the web (and even journal articles). This book is a Godsend, giving me clarity on these three systems and how they are impacted by various medicine types. Truly, the lessons in how to think about which medicine and why here is way more clear than anything I have come across. I am encouraged about a way to move forward. The author has a first class mind, writes with economy, and helps you get how to make sense of the various symptoms and side effect you may have been dealing with.

I highly recommend this book if you are curiou, want to learn up how to think about types do causes, and really think clearly with you doctor about what approach may work best for you and you blood pressure.
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