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Treatment of High Blood Pressure

pyramid of foodIt is important to take steps to keep your blood pressure under control. The treatment goal is blood pressure below 140/90 and lower for people with other conditions, such as diabetes and kidney disease. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits is an effective first step in both preventing and controlling high blood pressure. If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in keeping your pressure controlled, it may be necessary to add blood pressure medications. In this section you will learn about blood pressure-lowering lifestyle habits and blood pressure medications.

Lifestyle

These links go to the Prevention section of this site.
 Following a Healthy Eating Pattern
 Reducing Salt and Sodium in Your Diet
 Maintaining a Healthy Weight
 Being Physically Active
 Limiting Alcohol Intake
 Quitting Smoking
 Other Factors Affecting Blood Pressure

Medications

 Types of Blood Pressure Medications
 Search for Information on a Drug (This link opens a second browser window. Simply close that window to return to this page.)
 Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your Medicine
 Questions to Ask Your Doctor If You Have High Blood Pressure
 Test Your Medication IQ

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