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Reducing High Blood Pressure
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
Sometimes: The dash diet (google it) (it should be a lifestyle, not a diet, because diets are temporary) may reduce BP by 5-8 mm hg (points). Some drastic improvements in lifestyle (dash, wt loss, quit alcohol) may make meds unnecessary, but in some patients, BP will require medicine to get to safe level even with a healthy lifestyle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
DASH diet: I suggest regular exercises, weight management, and dash diet, which in a nutshell is 1) eat foods rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, fish, lean meats, poultry and low-fat dairy foods, 2) cut back on foods that are high in sodium (<1, 500 milligrams a day or about 2/3 teaspoon of table salt), saturated/trans fat and cholesterol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lifestyle changes: Try lifestyle changes first: - don't smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product. - lose weight if you're overweight. - exercise regularly. - eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and is low in fat. - limit your sodium, alcohol and caffeine intake. - try relaxation techniques or biofeedback. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
LOW SODIUM: The cornerstone of dietary management is to limit your daily sodium intake to 2000 mg. The key is to look out for high-sodium foods. For example, a fast food burger and fries can easily have over 2000mg of sodium, and that's just one meal! A specific diet that is available online is the DASH diet. Tried and true, very effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure (top number) and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number). The systolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. Ideal blood pressure is 120/80 or lower. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is 140/90 or higher. ...Read more
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
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