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What are some other steps that might be part of my high blood pressure treatment?

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When it comes to treating high blood pressure, it's likely that you and your doctor have talked about steps in addition to taking medication. These steps can help make your medicine work even better to control blood pressure. Here are some of the other steps that might be part of your plan:

For each of these steps, your doctor can give you more information and get you started, or your doctor may refer you to other health professionals who can help. Some health centers even offer free or inexpensive classes in these areas.

  • Eat a diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat meat and dairy foods.
  • Watch how much sodium you eat in your diet. Most of the sodium you eat comes from packaged or processed foods.
  • Watch how much alcohol you drink. Ask your doctor about an appropriate amount.
  • Don't use cigarettes or other tobacco products.
  • Get as close as you can to a healthy weight. Your doctor can help you determine an appropriate goal.
  • Get regular physical activity. Try for 150 minutes of moderate activity a week.
  • Learn ways to relieve stress, such as relaxation techniques.

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines, High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours, and How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."  American Heart Association: "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure, Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine" and "Senior Health: High Blood Pressure."



Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines, High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours, and How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."  American Heart Association: "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure, Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine" and "Senior Health: High Blood Pressure."



Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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