High Blood Pressure Treatment Guidelines - Topic Overview
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Everyone needs to have a healthy lifestyle, no matter what his or her blood pressure goal is. Lifestyle changes are as important as medicine in lowering blood pressure and lowering the risk for heart attack and stroke. Lifestyle changes include losing weight, eating healthy, being active, limiting sodium and alcohol, and not smoking.
If healthy habits aren't enough to bring your blood pressure down to your goal, you may need to take medicine too. Work with your doctor to decide what is right for you.
Guidelines for children
Children who have
high blood pressure often continue to have high blood
pressure as adults. Children ages 3 and older may have their blood pressure
monitored regularly during routine physical exams.7
pressure in children is rare but needs to be evaluated to find treatable
causes. When a child has high blood pressure, it is more likely to be from a
secondary cause—like a disease—than when an adult has high blood
High blood pressure in children should be treated with
lifestyle changes. A child might take medicine too, if needed.8, 9