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What Can I Do To Lower My Blood Pressure Immediately
Relax: There are things called vagal maneuvers that can very temporarily decrease filling to the heart and force of heart squeeze. They can be profound enough to cause you to pass out from low blood pressure. But i don't think that's what you're going for. In terms of non-drug interventions, relaxation is the fastest. This can be meditation or breathing exercises. ...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
If you have high blood pressure and you have your blood drawn, will your blood pressure be lower immediately after some is taken out?
What can I do to lower my blood pressure when it gets high after i've already taken my blood pressure medication?
Hmmm: You can try meditation / yoga / biofeedback types of stress reducers to see if they help. More likely, you should be keeping a BP diary (date/time and reading, also with entries for what time you take your med(s)), and then take this in to your doctor--you might be undermedicated, or on non-ideal medicine for you. Get a few days' worth of data and ask your doc. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I am 26 and have perfect health other than high blood pressure. I do not smoke and only occasionally drink. What can I do to lower my blood pressure?
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: After starting labetalol, you should detect improvement in your BP within 1-2 weeks. If your BP remains elevated, you may require a higher dose. This should be followed closely by your obstetrician. Pregnancy and high blood pressure are not "good bed fellows". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many choices: Before medication, diet and exercise can go an awful long way in controlling high blood pressure. Should that not be enough, there are literally dozens of drugs over several classes that can be used to treat high blood pressure. Your doctor will help identify the appropriate medication based on your individual needs. ...Read more
Is it ok to adjust my diet to lower my blood pressure by staying under recommended daily food allowances?
Maybe: About 75% of the population responds to substantial reductions in their sodium (salt) intake. Odds are good you'd be among them. Regular exercise for >30 min at 60-75% of predicted max heart rate also lowers BP substantially in those not already conditioned. You've got a good shot. ...Read more
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