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How can i lower my blood pressure?

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Dr. Scott Diede
A Verified Doctoranswered
30 years experience
Many ways...: You can start by life style modifications. Eating right (avoiding salt, for example), losing weight if you are overweight, and getting regular exercise will help to reduce high blood pressure. If you already do these things (or they are too tough to do), there are many different medications prescribed by doctors to help lower high blood pressure (diuretics, beta-blockers, etc.).
Dr. Varadarajan Subbiah
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Diet or Medication: You can try diet and excercise first. You can try limiting your salt intake, excercising about 30 mins/day, losing weight, quitting smoking, and limiting your alcohol intake. If those are unsuccesful, you will need your doctor to prescribe anti-hypertensive medications.
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 49 years experience
The basics:: High blood pressure places you at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Medications can lower the blood pressure, and many people need several medications to bring their BP down. Regular exercise, maintaining a normal weight, and watching your salt intake are extremely helpful measures. Remember that high blood pressure often has no symptoms; you must track it!
Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Several Ways: Blood pressure that is elevated called hypertension is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke as well as other organ damage - esp kidney and eyes as well. Healthy diet with exercise can play a significant role as well as very affordable medications (many are only once daily). Recommendations today really encourage a goal of 120/80 or less for optimum risk reduction.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
Beta glucans: Shiitake, maitake, reishi, choriolous mushroom has beta glucans helps dilate blood vessels, anti- inflammatory products like bromelain, intenzyme helps reduce atherosclerosis, monounsaturated fats like sesame oil, borage, flax and olive oils, and glutamine to reset gut all helps normalize bp.
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Healthy diet: Loosing weight usually will cause your blood pressure to drop. In some people, lowering salt consumption will also help. If neither of these is enough, and for a lot of people they aren't, then you need to take your medication and follow up with your dr.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
A few things to...: Keeping ideal body weight, eat healthy/no added salt, aerobic exercise regularly 4-5x/wk, reduce daily stresses, sleep well, and don't smoke etc..These are so called modifiable risk factor--you can't change genetic. Look up the dash-diet regimen (google it). Treat medical condition (chol, diabetes etc) well.If these fail to adequately lower your BP to less than 140/90, consult your doc..Good luck.
Dr. Robert Kneece
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
See a doctor: Exercising 30 minutes a day,losing weight,DASH diet,at least 7 hours of sleep a night all help but see a physician to get evaluated
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Blood pressure: Exercise, minimize salt, blood pressure medication. See your doctor.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Take meds: While, low-salt & low caffeine help some, it is not all. Also, not all can reduce life stress. If you are overwt, could lose down to goal. If your family has high bp, you may fail with all these efforts. Time ticks while trying them--get BP controlled w/meds--you can always have them stopped when wt down / diet changed / life calmer (/...Pigs fly...). Don't let HTN hurt you while you try things.
Dr. David Fink
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Lifestyle changes: If you're overweight or obese, you should lose weight, even a loss of 5-10% of your body weight can help. Also, limit your sodium (salt) intake to 1500 mg of sodium per day. Cardiovascular/aerobic exercise can help lower blood pressure. Stress reduction techniques may also help. Even if you have a strong family history of high blood pressure you should still follow these recommendations.
Dr. Philip Schwarzman
Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Hypertension: Maintain weight,exercise and restrict salt in your diet are the basics.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Depends: What is your blood pressure? How much do you weigh? Is the high blood pressure due to a known cause or primary? If you have garden variety hypertension, it would help to lose weight, reduce salt intake, and exercise. If that does not bring it to normal, then your doctor can prescribe medications.
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 26 years experience
Many ways: Exercise, weight loss, low salt diet, medications, stress reduction speak with a physician regarding the specific cause of your elevated blood pressure.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
They following: Exercise( running, jogging), low salt, healthy diet , healthy lifre style and stress reduction. Medications that reduce blood pressure.
Dr. Ajay Acharya
A Verified Doctoranswered
38 years experience
Several: Salt and alcohol restriction, wt loss, exercise. Avoiding meds which cause high bp, reducing stress and relaxation.
Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology 62 years experience
Blood pressure: Have the blood pressure evaluated by your internist to see if there is a concern, assess your life style and activities, and decide if medication is necessary.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
You can also : Learn self hypnosis or biofeedback to relax and lower blood pressure.
Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatrics - Cardiology 39 years experience
Healthy lifestyle: Assuming that you don't want to take medications, or don't need medications, the best advice is to 1) exercise regularly (daily), 2) lose weight if overweight, 3) eat healthy. Search "dash diet." some people can also avoid hypertension if they eat a low salt diet.
Dr. James Chapman
Cardiology 42 years experience
Low salt: Reduce sodium Intake. Work to achieve ideal weight, Caffeine only in moderation. Regular aerobic exercise. Take medication as prescribed by you physician.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Treat high BP.: Hypertension can be treated without medication. Regular cardiovascular exercise, at least five days per week. DASH diet - salt < 2000mg daily, fiber (> 35 grams daily for women and > 50 grams daily for men), lean protein sources and complex carbohydrates. Stress reduction - meditation and such. Sleep 6-9 hours nightly. Don't smoke cigarettes - ever.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Depends on level: If Blood Pressure is mildly elevated we will try life style modifications like dash diet,salt restriction,exercise and weight loss if over weight,stop smoking if you smoke.And if that does not work then you may need drugs to lower your Blood Presuure
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Lower blood pressure: To do it immediately, and depending on the severity of your numbers, you should see a doctor and get prescribed anti-hypertensive medications. In the long run, you could lose weight, exercise, cut out fatty/cholesterol rich foods that over time will clog your arteries and worsen BP, decrease salt in your diet, stop smoking if you smoke, and overall live a healthier lifestyle to improve outcomes.
Dr. Thomas Knecht
A Verified Doctoranswered
32 years experience
Depends: Hi. If you're obese or overweight, weight loss may lower BP. Regular exercise may help lower BP. Weight loss is easier said than done, however. The most direct and proven means is to take BP meds ("antihypertensives"). Personally, I would never put off treating high BP with the hope that weight loss or exercise might control it. High BP injures and kills. Ask your doc. Good luck!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
To v blood pressure: work with your physician. If you are overweight – lose that excess weight. Exercise regularly – go for 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week. Watch you salt intake & avoid processed foods. Moderate alcohol use (or don't drink). Don't use tobacco products & avoid 2nd hand smoke. V caffeine. De-stress (acupuncture, meditation, yoga, etc).
Dr. Georgia Latham
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Low salt diet: There are several things that can help lower blood pressure. Eating a diet very low in sodium (salt) can be very helpful. 80% of Americans with high blood pressure have salt sensitive hypertension and will benefit from a low salt diet. Regular exercise, eg. walking 30 minutes/day, has also been shown to be beneficial in lowering blood pressure. There are many meds available for treating high BP
Dr. Johnny Roy
Urology 60 years experience
See my reemarks: Such a vague question ? Do you have hypertention?? I do not know your current numbers. Please seek the help of a doctor and don't trust what I may recommand,It is a serious matter to alter blood pressure without medical supervision
Dr. Cody Mead
Family Medicine 13 years experience
Diet and Exercise: This is the best way to lower your blood pressure. Elevate your heart rate for at least 100 minutes per week. Loose excess fat. Reduce the amount of salt in your diet. Focus on a diet with lots of vegetables and lean proteins. Follow these rules and you'll do well. Good luck!
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
By yourself?: Don't attempt this by yourself. The safest way is to see your doctor, be evaluated for your nutrition and BMI and, if necessary, receive medication. Meanwhile, avoiding salt is a good thing.
Dr. Dora Chizea
Anti-Aging Medicine 49 years experience
... limit Salt...: 1st is limit Salt in diet. net decrease total Daily caloric intake by Eliminating all White foods like white potato, rice, pasta, sugar ... Increase daily activities by taking small walks or swimming 15-20 minutes 4 or more times /week. See the PCP or Cardiologist for appropriate BP medication and management. Don't wait for additional symptoms to complicate issues.
Dr. Amandeep Kaur
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Blood pressure: Please take your medications as prescribed by your physician and follow up regularly. Exercising, losing weight, limiting alcohol, no smoking or recreational drugs, yoga can be few ways to keep it under control.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Not necessary: Although the factors you mentioned increases the risk for hypertension, they are not prerequisites. Many cases of hypertension is inherited. However reducing risk factors help and regular exercise will also be helpful. Reduce salt intake but if problem persists, need to see your doctor. If blood pressure is at or above 180 systolic, immediate attention is required.

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