How do I get high blood pressure down?

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.
High blood pressure. See fp to make sure it's really elevated. Discuss whether you're under much stress at work/home. Use a lot of salt or eat highly salted/processed foods? Overweight/obese? Eat healthful foods; limit salt intake (use other spices for flavor); exercise (walking/pool exercises); consider yoga/tai chi for exercise, breathing control, meditation. If BP is consistently elevated, doc will rx med to lower.

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What are the reasons that people get high blood pressure?

Unknown. There are a few known causes like obesity, kidney disease, coarctation of the aorta, renal artery stenosis, pheochromocytoma, adrenal hyperplasia and others - but all together, these account for only a small fraction of all people with htn. For the vast majority, the cause is unknown. Read more...

How many nonpregnant young women get high blood pressure?

Depends on age -race. Prevelnce of premenopausal wonen with hypertension is less than men .After age 55 they have similar to men with 30-40% in blacks and 20% in whites.After age 70 the prevalnce increases with up to 80-90% of the wonen having hypertension. Especially isolated systolic hypertension. Read more...

Can someone age 56 get high blood pressure temporarily from eating hot sauce?

No. The blood pressure may have gone up if the hot sauce was really hot but hypertension is a diagnosis over time and is not diagnosed on an acute event. If there is a concern, see if you can take blood pressures over a few weeks with a bought or borrowed cuff and if consistently over 140 on the top number or 90 on the bottom number, see a pcp and get checked out! Read more...
Possibly. If hot sauce caused you discomfort, discomfort can cause your blood pressure to increase. Read more...