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Reduce High Blood Pressure Fast
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
My partner's just been told that they have high blood pressure 160/98. How fast can this be reduced to normal levels?
SOONER THE BETTER: Sooner than later . Treat BP and get controll ideally 130/83 or lower. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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