Possible Drop In Blood Pressure?
Hello Ruth, thank you for the question.
Explanations and suggestions from doctor Irna are very complete and precise. The doctor may also have explained that in the case of hypertension there are various levels. Your mother's blood pressure is still included in the grade 1 level of hypertension. That is, if all the doctor's recommendations and treatments given by the doctor have been done properly, then it is likely that your mother's blood pressure will be able to drop.
The things that generally prevent a decrease in blood pressure are the patient's non-optimal response to a certain class of drugs, the presence of other comorbidities that complicate blood pressure control, or decrease patient compliance.
If the patient's response is not optimal for a drug, the doctor will try to increase the dose of the same drug, change the class of drugs, or combine several classes of drugs. If a suitable drug has been found, it is usually maintained with the drug and slowly the dose is reduced to the smallest dose that is able to control the patient's blood pressure.
If there are other accompanying diseases such as diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, or decreased kidney function, then of course a decrease in blood pressure is more difficult to achieve. But it is not impossible to achieve, it's just that it takes more effort.
The last thing is decreased patient compliance. Hypertension which is a lifelong disease often causes patients to get bored or discouraged, so they give up doing doctor's advice to live healthy. At this time the role of the family is very big. Support from family members who also take part in a healthy lifestyle with patients is expected to increase patient morale.
Hopefully your mother can recover soon huh. Regards.