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Published on May 14, 2015

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Five Lifestyle Changes to Lower Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension is a serious but manageable Patient having blood pressure takenhealth condition.  It is dangerous because it causes the heart to work harder to pump blood into the body.  Unfortunately, most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, making this condition extremely dangerous since it can cause hardening of the arteries and lead to heart failure.  

The doctors at PIH Health Physicians recommend these five lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight by exercising. Excess weight puts extra strain on your heart. Not only does lowering your weight reduce your blood pressure, but regular exercise can help you avoid developing hypertension.
  2. Eat healthy. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products can help lower blood pressure. Minimize your intake of saturated fat and foods high in cholesterol and sodium.
  3. Limit your caffeine, alcohol intake and avoid tobacco. If smoke or drink more than one alcoholic beverage per day, you could risk increasing your blood pressure.  
  4. Reduce your stress. High levels of stress or anxiety can increase your blood pressure. Practice stress reducing exercises or techniques in order to manage life’s daily challenges.
  5. Monitor your blood pressure regularly. Use a home blood pressure monitor to help you manage your blood pressure. Also, visit your doctor regularly to review your treatments, make sure that your blood pressure is within the normal range and to monitor your overall health. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your doctor can prescribe medication to regulate your numbers.  

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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