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can you tell me if there are foods known to help lower blood pressure?

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Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
Start Here: This works for roughly 75% of the population. About 1/4 of people aren't very responsive to it. http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/guide/dash-diet.

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Does smoking lower blood pressure?

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No: Smoking raises blood pressure, constricts the blood vessels, and is bad for the entire cardiovascular system. In some people, rapid smoking results in hyperventillation, which may cause dizziness. Smoking is especially bad with people who already have high blood pressure, and is a major contributor to getting heart attacks (and strokes) in those people.
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What can someone do to lower his/her blood pressure?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Weight loss: There are many ways to lower blood pressure. The most important way is lose weight and get your BMI in the appropraite range for your height. Additionally, you should have a low salt diet.
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A 31-year-old male asked:

Is there a certain fruit or vegetable that may help lower blood pressure?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not really: There is no particular fruit or vegetable that is proven to lower blood pressure. Fruits have lots of sugar and starch, which can lead to pre-diabetes (not good for the cholesterol or arteries). Vegetables would be a better bet, but one should avoid high salt (sodium) items. Avoid adding salt during cooking, because salt increases blood pressure. V8 vegetable juice has a low sodium variety.
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Do I really need to take medicine to lower my blood pressure.?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Try diet change.: Reducing salt may help your blood pressure. Losing weight if you are overweight may help, but if your blood pressure is still high (over 140/90) medications are necessary.Lowering your blood pressure is important to reduce the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and strokes.
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How can I lower my blood pressure when it goes up?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Medication: High blood pressure generally involves taking pills for treatment. Your question implies that maybe your blood pressure goes up just transiently if you are upset or something. In that case you may just need to relax and get rid of stress. That said, most who have high blood pressure need to take pills.

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