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A 54-year-old female asked:

im 54and i have high blood pressure ?

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Dr. Terrence Cohen
Cardiology 46 years experience
Don't wait: Unless very high, blood pressure is a silent killer. It damages the blood vessels to the brain, heart, kidneys and strains the heart muscle. By the time it causes symptoms, there may be irreparable damage. There are hundreds of medications available, from which it should be possilble to choice a treatment which you tolerate well. Don't wait till it is too late.
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Dr. Abby Caplin commented
Integrative Medicine 40 years experience
Depending on how high it is, and if you are overweight, strongly consider a smart weight loss program with exercise.
Oct 18, 2012

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