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For many people, the first step in treating high blood pressure is to make certain lifestyle changes, such as:
  • Losing weight
  • Becoming more physically active
  • Drinking less alcohol
  • Quitting smoking.
Not only can lifestyle changes help lower blood pressure, but they also often help improve a person's quality of life. It can take several months to determine if these changes have effectively lowered your blood pressure. If these tactics alone do not help to lower your blood pressure, your healthcare provider may recommend certain medications.
(Click Lower Blood Pressure for more in-depth information on how to get your blood pressure under control.)
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