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The American Heart Association warns that people with high blood pressure should be aware that decongestant use may increase blood pressure as well as inhibiting the effects of some hypertension treatments. A third of people with high blood pressure are unaware that they have the condition. Because, decongestants and cold and flu medications which contain decongestants can be bought over the counter, consumers should be aware of the risk. Decongestants work by shrinking blood vessels which can temporarily increase blood pressure. Medications such and Coricidin HBP is the only range of cold and flu medications that don't contain decongestants.
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About: High blood pressure sufferers should be wary of decongestant use
Date: 11 January 2005
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