How to Control High Blood Pressure

  • Along with the medication prescribed by your doctor, there are simple lifestyle changes you can make to help lower high blood pressure.
  • Exercising, eating a healthy diet, and managing stress are just a few ways you can control your blood pressure.
  • Untreated high blood pressure can lead to serious health complications such as a heart attack or stroke. This is why it’s so important to work closely with your doctor.

If you’ve unexpectedly been diagnosed with high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), it’s not the end of the world! High blood pressure is present when you have a systolic blood pressure (when your heart muscle contracts) of 130-mm Hg or above or a diastolic blood pressure (when your heart muscle relaxes) of 80-mm Hg or above is observed by your doctor on more than one occasion. Sure, you should always take the medication the doctor prescribes for your high blood pressure. However, there are additional lifestyle changes that you can make to help bring those numbers down to a healthy level.

Here are some lifestyle changes you can make to successfully control your blood pressure…

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Exercise Regularly

The best thing you can do for high blood pressure is to get physically active for at least 30-minutes per day, most days of the week. This could include (but is not limited to) walking, running, biking, swimming, or yoga. It could also include a favorite sport or hobby.

Whatever physical activity you choose, you’ll be rewarded by seeing those numbers lower within just a few weeks, which will go a long way at avoiding complications from high blood pressure, such as heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and kidney disease.

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Dr. Gerald Morris

Dr. Gerald Morris

Gerald Morris, MD is a family medicine/internal medicine physician with over 20 years expertise in the medical arena. Dr. Morris has spent time as a clinician, clinical research coordinator/manager, medical writer, and instructor. He is a proponent of patient education as a tool in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions.