Hypertension Treatment Online

Hypertension (high blood pressure) occurs when blood builds up against one’s artery walls. This build-up of blood develops so much force that it could cause serious health illnesses. If you want to prevent hypertension, you need to know your blood pressure numbers.

Hypertension

Hypertension is largely considered a symptomless condition, but these factors are related:

  • Systolic pressure over 140
  • Diastolic pressure over 90
  • Blood spots in the eyes
  • Facial flushing
  • Dizziness
  • And more.

Managing Hypertension Online

If you have received in-person care and a diagnosis for hypertension (i.e., high blood pressure) that needs chronic care management, you can see a provider online for ongoing care.

Healthcare industry studies have shown that telemedicine “represents a promising tool for improving blood pressure (BP) control of hypertensive patients, in particular, those at high risk.” In these studies, patients in telemedicine programs for hypertension management experienced more significant reductions in their blood pressures than those patients who managed hypertension by the usual means of in-person follow up.

While Amwell is able to diagnose certain conditions with observable symptoms, (e.g., acne, arthritis, concussions, knee pain, etc.), hypertension is a condition that requires specialized equipment and an in-person visit to your own physician to obtain a diagnosis. Once you have received a diagnosis of hypertension, however, Amwell can be a very effective partner for you in the management of your hypertensive condition.

(NOTE: Every provider treats patients and prescribes medications at their own discretion. Some providers may not be comfortable treating chronic care conditions online. Please mention that you are looking for ongoing chronic care management at the start of your visit to avoid confusion.)

With Amwell, you can set up your free account and schedule a visit with trusted providers in minutes. Before your visit, you should have your latest blood pressure readings available for the Amwell physician to review. Also, make sure to tell your telehealth provider about any other medical conditions, existing prescriptions, or over the counter medications you are taking. Some medications do not react well with others, so it’s important to be honest and open with your provider to avoid complications.

During your visit, your provider may review your blood pressure results (which you will need to track in between visits), discuss what may have caused spikes or dips in the results, and review the medications you are taking to manage your hypertension. Your provider may also make recommendations that could help you achieve better compliance with your treatment regimen, and discuss lifestyle issues – like diet, exercise, and sleep – that can help you improve your blood pressure and overall health.

If you require changes to your medications, your Amwell physician can provide advice on available options. Online prescriptions for medications to combat hypertension are available at the discretion of the Amwell physician and according to the laws of your state, and the availability of telehealth services in all 50 states means you could receive a prescription anywhere in the country. There are some restrictions; for example, if you are having a telephonic or phone only visit, stricter regulations will apply. In certain states, you may need to have a video visit to receive a new prescription, while in some  states only refills and bridge prescriptions are allowed.

Answers to many of your questions are included below. If you don’t see your question answered below, please reach out to our support team at support@americanwell.com or call 877-410-5548. We have highly trained health service specialists standing by to take your call, 24/7.

 

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See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • What is the difference between diastolic and systolic blood pressure numbers and what do they mean?

    When reading your blood pressure numbers, the top number is the systolic pressure and the bottom number is the diastolic pressure. The systolic pressure is the maximum pressure your heart exerts while beating. The diastolic pressure is the amount of pressure in your arteries between beats. Think of this number as the one you get when your heart relaxes - it should be lower. The numeric difference between the two numbers is called your pulse pressure.

  • What is a bridge prescription?

    When an Amwell physician determines you need a change in medication, but due to either state laws or some other reason prefers not to write a full prescription, he or she may furnish you with a “bridge prescription.” A bridge prescription is an order for a limited supply of medication – usually enough for 15 to 30 days – that will cover your needs until you see your primary care physician and receive a physical examination to determine if the medication is right for you and if a longer-lasting supply is warranted.

  • Can telemedicine improve a patient's ability to self-manage hypertension?

    Yes, it can improve your ability to manage hypertension. Using telemedicine to manage hypertension brings with it many advantages. In addition to making you more accountable for controlling your high blood pressure, telemedicine also establishes long-term relationships between physicians and patients, which encourages better supervision of the condition. The use of telemedicine also helps empower patients to take control of their hypertension, influencing attitudes and behaviors, which leads to improvements in their medical conditions.

  • Are there any natural or home remedies to lower your blood pressure? Note: that some of these remedies have not been proven scientifically.

    • Cut the salt
      • It’s not necessarily the salt, it’s the sodium.
    • Try some hibiscus
      • Combine 1-2 teaspoons of dried hibiscus, 1 cup of hot water and honey, lemon or 1-2 cinnamon sticks.
    • Drink coconut water
    • Fish oil
    • Hawthorn – a staple herb that is great for your heart
    • Exercise – proven to help by directly lowering pressure and by keeping excess weight under control, which can increase blood pressure.
    • Garlic
    • Melon
    • Ginger-cardamom tea
  • What if I don't have current vitals before my visit?

    Your Amwell physician can learn a lot about your hypertension from vital signs, but obviously is not able to take them during the visit. Having current vital sign results will make the online session more effective and enable your physician to provide you with all the services he or she can at that time. Examples of vital signs you should provide to your Amwell physician include: temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. If you have your most recent lab results for Hemoglobin A1c, cholesterol, etc. they are useful, but not necessary for your online visit. Additionally, if it pertains to you, please have your most recent blood glucose levels available to share with your provider. If you can take a reading in the morning, after being awake/active for 30 minutes or more and then another reading when you have symptoms, like headache, fatigue, etc. that will only make the visit quicker and easier for both you and your provider.

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