High Blood Pressure - Topic Overview
How is it treated?
Treatment depends on how high
your blood pressure is, whether you have other health problems such as
diabetes, and whether any organs have already been damaged. Your doctor will
also consider how likely you are to develop other diseases, especially heart
You can help lower your blood pressure by making healthy
changes in your lifestyle. If those lifestyle changes don't work well enough, you may also
need to take pills. Either way, you will need to control your high blood
pressure throughout your life.
Most people take more than one pill for high blood
pressure. Work with your doctor to find the right pill or combination of pills
that will cause the fewest side effects.
What can you do to prevent high blood pressure?
Making lifestyle changes can help you to
prevent high blood pressure. You can:
- Stay at a healthy weight or lose extra
- Eat heart-healthy foods.
- Eat less salt and salty foods.
- Cut back on drinking. Limit alcohol to 2 drinks a
day for men and 1 drink a day for women.