High Blood Pressure
Q: My doctor told me I have high blood pressure. Is there anything I can do to lower it?
Dr. Donnica: There are definitely some things you can do help lower your blood pressure!
Dr. Donnica's Top Ten Tips for Reducing High Blood Pressure:
- See your physician regularly.
- Work together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan & follow it.
- If you smoke, stop.
- If you are on medication to manage your blood pressure, take it religiously according to the instructions. If you have questions, ask.
- Communicate with your physician: inform your doctor promptly about new symptoms or any medication side effects.
- Practice stress management: many of the contributors to high blood pressure are unpredictable and emotionally draining. This can be very stressful which in turn can worsen your blood pressure or cause sudden, short-term elevations.
- Exercise, exercise, exercise. Twenty minutes of aerobic exercise four times per week has been shown to have a significant benefit for most people with hypertension, especially those who are overweight.
- Practice weight management. Programs like Weight Watchers ® are usually highly effective for people with high blood pressure. They provide the added advantage of a built-in support group of others with similar challenges. In overweight patients, a weight loss of only 10 pounds can make a significant difference in blood pressure.
- Reduce dietary salt intake.
- Limit alcohol to one drink or less per day.
Created: 9/24/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.
Communicate with your physician: inform your doctor promptly about new symptoms or any medication side effects.