Taking Charge of Your High Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), it's important to get it under control. By taking charge of your high blood pressure, you can reduce your risk of a heart attack, stroke, or congestive heart failure, among other things.
 
Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, improving your diet, and increasing physical activity, are often the first step. For some people, lifestyle changes are enough to bring down their blood pressure to a normal level.
 
If lifestyle changes alone are not enough, your healthcare provider may recommend certain medications. There are several categories of drugs used to treat high blood pressure. In many cases, a combination works more effectively than using only one medication. Some of the most common high blood pressure medications include diuretics, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and beta blockers.
 
(Click High Blood Pressure Treatment for more details on how you can take charge of your hypertension.)

Taking Charge of Your High Blood Pressure

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