You have just been told that you have high blood pressure/hypertension. Now what?
To effectively treat high blood pressure, you will need to develop a plan with the assistance of your healthcare provider. Once the plan is developed, it is imperative that you remain committed to it. Although medications are frequently used to treat hypertension, there are additional considerations (such as diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications) that will allow you to achieve success. Building and committing to that plan will help you attain your blood pressure goals.
Most of the time when someone is diagnosed with high blood pressure, the healthcare provider will prescribe one or a combination of the many types of blood pressure medications. No one likes to take medications, especially when there are no physical symptoms, and not everyone responds the same to each medication. Remember, though, that high blood pressure can cause damage to your heart, kidneys, circulatory system, and eyes, even if you are not experiencing any indicators.
The medications prescribed to treat and control your high blood pressure should also reduce the risk of further damage to your body. It is important to remember to take the medication, even if you do not have symptoms, and monitor your blood pressure at home. This will let both you and your healthcare provider know if the medication is effective. You should be aware of and report immediately to your provider any side effects of the medication you may experience!
Just as taking your medication is important, so are the lifestyle changes that you implement to help better control your blood pressure. Healthy improvements will sometimes help you to avoid having to take blood pressure medications.
There are several changes you can make to improve your blood pressure; although, some are easier than others, it is important to try to incorporate all of these changes into your lifestyle:
Consume a diet that is well-balanced and LOW IN SALT AND SODIUM.
Increase physical activity.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Limit alcohol intake.
If you use tobacco, QUIT!
Manage stress and get enough sleep.
Take your medications as prescribed.
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