9. Blood Pressure Medications
Good blood pressure control is important for preventing strain on your heart and blood vessels. There are several types of medications available for treating high blood pressure. Alpha blockers work by relaxing blood vessels and specific heart muscles. Vasodilators lower blood pressure by keeping blood vessels open to improve blood flow. Suddenly stopping your blood pressure medications can result in not only in a racing heart, but it can also increase the risk of stroke.
8. Blood Thinners
Blood thinners, also known as anticoagulants, are medications that decrease the risk of stroke by preventing blood clots from forming. Stroke can occur when blood clots from other parts of the body travel to the brain, depriving a portion of the brain of oxygen. Blood thinners are carefully titrated and monitored to achieve the optimal levels that will prevent clots while not causing excessive bleeding. You should never abruptly stop taking your blood thinners, as this greatly increases your chance of suffering a stroke.
7. Glaucoma Eye Drops
When it comes to vision, careful attention to your doctor’s orders is important to maintain optimal eye health. Glaucoma is a condition in which fluid builds up in your eye, creating pressure that damages the optic nerve. The American Academy of Ophthalmology lists glaucoma as a major cause of blindness for adults over the age of 60. Eye drops for glaucoma may prevent damage to the optic nerve by decreasing fluid production or increasing fluid drainage from the eye. It is important not to suddenly stop using glaucoma eye drops, as doing so can cause an increase in eye pressure, leading to blindness.