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How Can I Reduce My Diastolic Blood Pressure
Several things: High diastolic pressure is usually related to volume retention due to kidney disease or high blood count. So usually medication that are vaso-dilators or diuretic or other blood pressure medications. Smoking, diabetes, sleep apnea or snoring and obesity are among the factors that elevate blood pressure therefore controlling these factors can also reduce blood pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
Meds, lifestyle: You can lower blood pressure with the use of medications. However, lowering blood pressure is also possible with regular exercise and a healthy diet that promotes weight loss. Decreased salt intake it important as well. Searching for the dash diet will give you good plan for dietary changes. ...Read more
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! ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Difficult: Difficult as lowering systolic generally lowers diastolic as well. My question is why are you concerned about not lowering your diastolic bp. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Go see your doctor: 1st, go see your doctor to see if your blood pressure is really too low and needs to be raised. Then purchase a BP cuff so that you can monitor as you try to raise it. Finally, do something like drink plenty of fluids, especially if you're dehydrated - hypovolemia can cause low blood pressure. Lab work will also show if you're anemic or not. Finally, you doc can talk to you about salt & meds . . . ...Read more
Why would you?: A low diastolic blood pressure could be due to leaking of the aortic valve or other problems so finding the cause is important. If you feel well, a low pressure, diastolic or systolic, may not be a bad thing. People with relatively low blood pressure live longer. And, how low are you talking about? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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