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"Health is...

a state of body. Wellness is a state of being."

- J. Stanford

Please consult your physician for personalized medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional medical advice or treatment.

Lifestyle diseases include atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke; obesity and type 2 diabetes; and diseases associated with smoking and alcohol and drug abuse. Regular physical activity helps prevent obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, colon cancer, and premature mortality.

It’s important to know what you’re taking, why you are taking it, and how it will affect you. When you’re given a new prescription, speak to your doctor about:

  • the medication prescribed for you and its potential benefits and risks

  • how to take it safely

  • possible side effects and what to do if you notice any

  • taking other kinds of medicine at the same time, including any over-the-counter medicines or supplements.


There are a number of different types of diabetes drugs – with some having similar ways of acting. Drugs which act similarly to each other are put into the same class of drugs.


Many blood pressure medications, known as antihypertensives, are available by prescription to lower high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension). There are a variety of classes of high blood pressure medications and they include a number of different drugs.

  • Diuretics

  • Beta-blockers

  • ACE inhibitors

  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers

  • Calcium channel blockers

  • Alpha blockers

  • Alpha-2 Receptor Agonists

  • Combined alpha and beta-blockers

  • Central agonists

  • Peripheral adrenergic inhibitors

  • Vasodilators


Medicines can help keep your symptoms under control, and prevent or treat a heart condition.

They're all different but your doctor, pharmacist or nurse will choose the one most likely to be safe and effective for your condition.

  • ACE inhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors)

  • Angiotensin-II antagonists (ARBs)

  • ARNi (angiotensin-II receptor-neprilysin inhibitor)

  • Antiarrhythmic medicines

  • Anticoagulant medicines

  • Antiplatelet medicines

  • Beta-blockers

  • Calcium channel blockers

  • Cholesterol-lowering medicines (lipid-lowering medicines) such as statins

  • Digoxin

  • Diuretics

  • Nitrates

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