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What are ways to lower the systolic blood pressure number? my boyfriend is 19 years old and his systolic blood pressure number is high by an average of 10 points. would there be a specific cause for this and is there anything we can start doing to lower i

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Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine 20 years experience
First : First of all make sure he has his blood pressure checked on three separate occasions in a doctors office or by a medical professional. If his systolic is elevated all three times (between 130-140) then he should try a 3 month trial of diet (low sodium) and a exercise routine. However, depending on his history and physical exam findings his doctor may want to start him on medications or find secondary causes of high blood pressure. He should be under the care of a doctor for this problem so it can be monitored and treated effectively.
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