Controlling High Blood Pressure

Following a Healthy Diet
Hypertension research scientists have not found a specific food that is successful in lowering high blood pressure; however, they have developed a combination of foods that lower blood pressure. This combination of foods is part of a diet called the DASH eating plan.
Research has shown that following the DASH high blood pressure diet can both reduce the chances of developing high blood pressure and lower an already elevated blood pressure. By following the DASH eating plan and reducing intake of salt (sodium), blood pressure can be reduced by an amount similar to that seen with blood pressure medicine.
(Click High Blood Pressure Diet to learn more about foods for high blood pressure. Click DASH Diet to learn more about this eating plan.)

Controlling High Blood Pressure With Medication

In addition to lifestyle changes, some people need to use blood pressure medication for high blood pressure control. There are many varieties of blood pressure medicine, and each one works in a slightly different way. People often react to blood pressure medicine in different ways, so you may need to try a few different types before your doctor finds the best medication for you when managing high blood pressure. By trying out a few different drugs, your doctor can see which one is most effective at controlling your high blood pressure with the fewest side effects.
If your doctor does prescribe hypertension medication, it is important that you take your pills exactly as directed. Even if you feel well, you still need to take your medicine; it is essential to your success with high blood pressure control. It is impossible to feel the damage that could be happening inside of your body until it is too late.
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