Did your doctor diagnose you with hypertension? Are you taking high blood pressure medicine? Are you experiencing some hair loss?
There could be a connection between your high blood pressure medicine and your hair loss.
In this article we are going to share with you some information that could help you understand what could be causing your hair strands to shed more than usual.
A Word of Caution
With that in mind, we encourage you to consult with your physician before trying any new method of handling hair loss. You wouldn’t want to risk your health just so your hair will grow back beautifully, would you?
Now take this with a grain of salt (no pun intended), but your blood pressure medicine can be one of the causes of your hair loss. Your doctor may not have informed you beforehand, but it is a known side effect of some prescription medicines used in tackling blood pressure.
You may want to consult your doctor and ask for alternatives that can give you the same benefits without affecting your hair – if there is any. For now, you could deal with the fact that this is not out of the ordinary. This should ease up the insecurity or the anxiousness that you feel in regards to your hair loss problem. Once your heart condition has been stabilized, you can kiss these worries goodbye.
But it’s important to know that you should not stop taking your blood pressure medication just because it causes hair loss – talk to your physician and perhaps you can work something out.
There are also several foods that you can add to your daily and weekly diet to help strengthen your hair strands while continuing your medication. Please see the list at the end of this article.
Now we will talk about the different blood pressure medicines that can cause hair loss. But first what exactly is high blood pressure?
What is High Blood Pressure?
With every heart beat, blood is pumped and pushed against the walls of your arteries. The force involved as this happens is called “blood pressure”. Systolic pressure is the amount of force involved when the heart is beating while pumping blood. Meanwhile, diastolic pressure is the blood pressure while your heart is resting between beats.
When a health care worker tells you that your blood pressure is 118/78 mmHg (118 over 78 millimeters of mercury), that means your systolic pressure is 118 and your diastolic pressure is 78.
Normal blood pressure for adults is defined as a systolic pressure below 120 mmHg, and a diastolic pressure below 80 mmHg. It’s a whole other set of figures for newborn babies too. But older teenagers on the other hand have similar figures with those of the adults. It is important to note that blood pressure rises with age and body size.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when these numbers go above the normal ratings. There are a few stages involved. If your systolic pressure reaches 120-139 and your diastolic pressure goes to 80-89 mmHg, that means you’re in the prehypertension stage. This condition must be taken seriously and must not be underestimated just because it is lower than the usual high blood pressure stages.
High blood pressure stage 1 involves a systolic blood pressure of 140 to 159 mmHg, and a diastolic pressure of 90 to 99 mmHg.
If your systolic pressure reaches 160 or higher, and your diastolic pressure reaches 100 or higher, then that means you’ve reached high blood pressure stage 2. If left untreated, HBP can damage your arteries.
It’s also a different story if you have diabetes or chronic kidney disease: make sure to keep your blood pressure below 130/80 mmHg. One last thing: there are two kinds of HBP. Primary High Blood Pressure is the most common type; it is also known as essential HBP, and it develops as a person ages.
Secondary High Blood Pressure is usually caused by a different medical condition, and is usually resolved after the cause is treated and/or removed.
The American Heart Association states that there are 85 million Americans living with high blood pressure — one out of every three adults over age 20 — have high blood pressure. (Nearly one out of six don’t even know they have it.)
They even suggest that it is necessary for everyone to have their blood pressure checked.
Now here’s the part you’ve been waiting for:
High Blood Pressure Medicine that Cause Hair Loss
Many of the commonly prescribed drugs that deal with high blood pressure can cause temporary hair loss. This is only for your information, and we are not telling you to stop using the medicines below.
Atenolol is considered a “beta blocker” which works by preventing the action of certain natural chemicals within you. One example of such chemical is the epinephrine. This in turn lowers your heart rate and blood pressure.
Metoprolol is also a beta blocker, much like atenolol. It can be used with or without other medications that treat high blood pressure.
Inderal and Inderal LA (Propanol)
This particular beta blocker is commonly used to treat irregular heartbeats, tremors, and high blood pressure. It is even used after a heart attack in order to improve survival rates.
Nadolol, another beta blocker, helps reduce the frequency of chest pain episodes. It also improves your ability to exercise.
Foods That Can Help Strengthen Your Hair While Taking Blood Pressure Medicine
The following foods are high in polyphenols a very necessary micronutrient that helps to reduce the blockage in your arteries.
- Greek Yogurt
- Dark Chocolate
- Olive Oil
Eating foods rich in polyphenols will help to build a stronger body from the inside out, and because you have to take your medication these feeds can possible help to control some of the hair loss.
Do you have any more questions about high blood pressure and medications that affect hair loss?
Do you use any of the medications we mentioned above?
For more detailed information please check out the American Heart Association.
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