Treatment for Hypertension
By keeping your blood pressure under control, you reduce your risk of several health problems, such as:
Healthcare providers often recommend lifestyle changes first to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). For example, a person who has recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure may try the following:
- Losing weight
- Exercising more
- Cutting back on salt
- Eating a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables.
While these lifestyle changes may be enough for some people, others may require medications for hypertension, such as beta blockers, diuretics, or angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
(Click Hypertension Treatment for a more detailed look at this topic, including expanded lists of lifestyle changes and medications that can help.)