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High Blood Pressure - Other Treatment

Complementary medicine

Complementary medicine is treatment that you use in addition to your doctor's standard care. Tell your doctor if you are using, or if you plan to use, complementary medicine to help lower your blood pressure. These treatments do not replace lifestyle changes or medicine for high blood pressure. You and your doctor can decide which therapy might be best for you.

Complementary treatments that help manage stress and improve quality of life may help lower blood pressure. These treatments include:

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Many of the complementary medicine options listed above don't cost much and are probably not harmful. But it is best to work with your doctor when using these other methods along with traditional medical treatments.

Other treatment to reduce risk of heart disease

There are some dietary supplements that you may hear about to lower the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. It is not clear if some vitamins, minerals, and multivitamins can lower risk. But it is clear that some supplements, such as vitamin E and beta-carotene, do not lower risk.3

Talk with your doctor about the best ways to lower your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Tell your doctor if you plan to use dietary supplements or vitamins. Your doctor can make sure they are safe for you.

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