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What can you do to reduce high blood pressure?

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Dr. John Hammes answered

Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis

Lifestyle and meds: Depends on how high your BP is. Start with: dash lifestyle, lose weight, walk 40 mins every day. Limit alcohol and dietary salt/sodium. If not controlled (<140/90) you likely need medicine. Which meds to start and how much depend on other factors like your past history and other illnesses, your age, and race.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. Michael Dansie answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Lifestyle changes: Try lifestyle changes first: - don't smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product. - lose weight if you're overweight. - exercise regularly. - eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and is low in fat. - limit your sodium, alcohol and caffeine intake. - try relaxation techniques or biofeedback.

Answered 4/5/2016

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Dr. Irv Loh answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Lifestyle, then meds: Therapeutic lifestyle changes like weight loss, exercise, sodium restriction (see dash diet) are first, but looking for adverse effects of medications, kidney or hormonal issues, or blood vessel blockages to the kidneys may be culprits as well. If the blood pressure is still elevated and confirmed by home or ambulatory monitoring, then medications (often several in lower doses) may be indicated.

Answered 9/26/2013

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Dr. Budi Bahureksa answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Depends --: Most hypertension that i see in my practice is what's called essential or primary hypertension -- and one needs medications to control this condition -- but there are secondary hypertension such as secondary to stress or diet or obesity etc.

Answered 3/10/2013

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger answered

Specializes in

Hypertension: 2gm sodium diet, emulate exercise , not smoking and appropriate medicines.

Answered 4/17/2013

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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

See details: Exercise, a low sodium diet, weight loss if needed and appropriate medications.

Answered 2/24/2018

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Dr. Alan Ali answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

HTN: Start with lifestyle/diet/exercise regimen, and discuss medications with your prescribing doc.

Answered 5/31/2013

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Dr. Elden Rand answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Many ways: Dash diet, regular exercise, weight loss, stopping smoking, and stress reduction can all be helpful to reduce blood pressure. Medication can be used in addition to above, if severe or not well controlled. Good luck.

Answered 3/25/2022

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Dr. Bennett Werner answered

Specializes in Cardiology

See your doctor: Avoid salt, don't smoke, be normal weight ,and take prescribed medications.

Answered 3/25/2022

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Dr. Robert Kneece answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Depends: It all depends on how high on whether you need meds,these things help #(1. )Get at least 7 hours of sleep at night.#(2.)30 minutes of exercise day can lower Blood pressure by 10 points#.(3.)The DASH diet.(#4.)every 2 pounds weight loss lowers Bp usually by 1 point

Answered 3/6/2019

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Dr. Robert Kneece answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Depends: It all depends on how high on whether you need meds,these things help #(1. )Get at least 7 hours of sleep at night.#(2.)30 minutes of exercise day can lower Blood pressure by 10 points#.(3.)The DASH diet.(#4.)every 2 pounds weight loss lowers Bp usually by 1 point

Answered 3/8/2019

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered

Specializes in Pathology

Agree with Dr. K: Reduce salt intake, if you are overweight, lose weight, exercise at least 150 minutes/week, avoid saturated fats, if needed take medications for high blood pressure.

Answered 3/10/2019

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