I am afraid to get hypertension

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Submitted by Dr T on July 8, 2011 – 9:20am

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Question: 
I am wondering what’s the best way to lower Blood pressure. I had a normal blood pressure checked before and I am afraid to get hypertension. Are there any foods I should eat rather than medications? Thank you.

I am wondering what’s the best way to lower Blood pressure. I had a normal blood pressure checked before and I am afraid to get hypertension. Are there any foods I should eat rather than medications? Thank you.

Answer:

The only way to know whether you have Hypertension is of course by testing it, so I can’t answer your question without knowing what it is.

You can read more here:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-information/hypertension
Patients with hypertension are at an increased risk for developing heart disease and/or stroke. You can calculate your risk here:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/risks-benefits/cardiovascular-risk
Before using any more drugs, I’d recommend lifestyle changes, including:

  • Losing excess weight.
  • Exercising.
  • Limiting alcohol to 2 drinks/day for men and 1 drink/day  for women.
  • Cutting back on salt.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.

For more information about medications, go here:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-disease-treatment/heart-disease-med
The Dash diet:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/patients/diet/the-dash-diet
The DASH eating plan is a low-fat and low-saturated-fat diet that emphasizes eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods.

Hope this helps,
Dr T
https://www.cardiachealth.org/

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