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For many people, the first step in controlling high blood pressure is making certain lifestyle changes, such as:
 
  • Losing weight
  • Becoming more physically active
  • Eating a healthier diet
  • Reducing alcohol intake.
 
Not only can lifestyle changes help control blood pressure, but they also often help improve your quality of life. However, it may take three to six months before your healthcare provider sees the full benefit of lifestyle changes on your blood pressure. If these changes alone do not help, certain medications can be prescribed.
 
(Click High Blood Pressure Treatment to learn more about how to manage your hypertension.)
 
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