High Blood Pressure (cont.)
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How to Lower High Blood Pressure
In about half of people with high blood pressure, limiting sodium intake by eliminating table salt, cooking salt, and salty and processed foods can reduce blood pressure by 5 mm Hg. Losing weight and participating in regular physical activity can reduce blood pressure further.
If these lifestyle changes and choices don't work, medications should be added. The medications have been proven to reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, and kidney problems. Do not stop taking your medications without talking to your health care practitioner.
What Are High Blood Pressure Medications?
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It may take trial and error to find the proper medication or combination of medications that will help control hypertension in each case. It is important to take the medications as prescribed and only discontinue them on the advice of your health care practitioner.
Water Pills (diuretics)
Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs)
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors
Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs)
Blockers of Central Sympathetic (autonomic nervous) System
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/17/2016
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