If you have been diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure), treatment will likely begin with changes in your lifestyle. These changes include things like:
- Being more physically active
- Following a healthy eating plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products
- Losing weight.
If lifestyle changes alone are unable to control your blood pressure, medication may be necessary. Many classes of drugs are approved to treat hypertension, including:
(To learn more about these treatments and the long-term complications they can help prevent, click Hypertension Treatment.)