Controlling High Blood Pressure

Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is something you can control with knowledge, lifestyle and diet, and working with your physician. The first and easiest step is simply to regularly check your blood pressure and keep track of any changes or trends. With this knowledge, you can better focus on the factors that increase your risk of heart disease such as being overweight, having high cholesterol, smoking, and having a sedentary lifestyle. Sometimes lifestyle changes aren’t enough, and your physician may recommend medication to help lower your blood pressure.

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Lifestyle and Home Remedies

High blood pressure is a serious condition, and you should always consult with your doctor to determine the best treatment methods. But regardless, managing your lifestyle in a healthy way will go a long way, and you’ll feel better as well!

  • Eat Healthy Foods
  • Decrease Salt in Your Diet
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight
  • Increase Physical Activity
  • Limit Alcohol
  • Don’t Smoke
  • Manage Stress
  • Monitor Your Blood Pressure
  • Practice Relaxation or Slow, Deep Breathing

 

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Food for Thought

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Actually, it’s food for your heart – the good and bad habits that can influence hypertension:

  • Potassium
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Low-fat Dairy Products
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • High cholesterol
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Saturated Fats
  • Sodium


Treatment and Drugs

If lifestyle changes aren’t sufficient, your doctor may prescribe medication depending on your stage of high blood pressure and if you have other medical conditions. High blood pressure is a serious medical condition, and you should always consult thoroughly with your physician to help reach your blood pressure goals.

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