What is Amlodipine? | Amlodipine Side Effects | Amlodipine and High Blood Pressure

Today we’re talking about a medicine
called Amlodipine. Amlodipine is used to help people lower
their blood pressure when it’s a bit too high and it does this by ever so slightly
relaxing the blood vessels so there’s just a little bit less resistance
as blood flows around the body. When it relaxes the blood vessels
and especially when you start taking it you might notice a little bit of facial flushing,
that sort of thing but that will normally subside. One of the key things with anything like
Amlodipine is that often you’ll feel fine you’ll feel well, you don’t know
that you’ve got the underlying issue in this case blood pressure. But it’s really important that
you carry on taking your medicine because it actually means the medicine is working
if your blood pressure is controlled. So what we wanted to do today was
show you a visual demonstration of what that actually looks like in practice We’ve got one fake system that’s got
normal-sized tubes and that’s basically like normal blood pressure. And we’ve got the same thing with narrower
tubes which mimics high blood pressure and I want to just show you what it looks like and
the force that the liquid is coming out of those tubes and then what that means in terms of your body. Let’s check it out. These are healthy blood vessels with the
heart behaving normally. And now in this example, this is high blood pressure
where we’ve got much narrower tubes and you can see that just the same force and it’s going all over the place, absolute nightmare The real thing that this means is that over a lifetime you’ve got much more force hitting
all of your blood vessels and that can lead to damage accumulating over time and I’m gonna have to clear this up. There’s loads of links down below for NHS advice, we’ve got healthy living advice lots of trusted sources, and that’ll
help you take Amlodipine well and just look at your lifestyle to help out
with controlling your blood pressure. Thanks very much.