When it comes to blood pressure medication, there are many options. So how does a woman know which medication is right for her? In this video, Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, author of Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart Healthy Life and Bottom Line’s “At the Heart of It All” blog, says that doctors usually choose a blood pressure medication based on the specific problem a woman is facing. It is particularly important to discuss blood pressure medication options with your doctor if you are pregnant because there are classes of drugs that are not appropriate for expectant mothers. In addition, women discuss medication side effects with their doctors as well.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum is a cardiologist, author and spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. She has devoted her career to treating heart disease through early detection, education and prevention. For more great tips from Dr. Steinbaum, check out her other videos and Bottom Line blog, At The Heart Of It All.