Treatment options for High Blood Pressure
This page gives an overview of what treatment methods are available for High Blood Pressure. Please see your doctor immediately if you have HBP. Do not rely only on this material.
Depending on the level of your blood pressure, one of the options below may be suggested by your doctor.
Mild High Blood Pressure
If your blood pressure is slightly above 130/80mmHg, lifestyle changes can usually reduce it. These changes include reducing your weight, quitting smoking, exercising more, cutting down on caffeine, coffee, energy drinks and cola, eating more fruit and vegetables, sleeping more and reducing your salt intake can lower it. You are not at risk of a Heart Disease and no medication is necessary.
Medium High Blood Pressure
If your blood pressure is slightly and consistently above 140/90mmHg, treatment may include a combination of medicine and lifestyle changes. This is because it will ultimately result in a Heart disease in the nest 8-10 years if not treated.
Very Serious High Blood Pressure
If your blood pressure is slightly above 180/110mmHg, you will need attention almost immediately. You need to work with your doctor to bring it down very soon because it can result in a complication. Usually, your doctor will recommend an appropriate medicine for you.
Older people tend to take BP medicine for the rest of their lives, but some get better and are OK to stop the medication for a while. Even though these medicines may have side effects, your doctor can prescribe other types for you, but more importantly, you need to get checked very regularly.
You need to let your doctor know immediately if you experience conditions like feeling drowsy, pain around your kidney area (on the side of your lower back), a dry cough, dizziness, faintness or light-headedness or a skin rash upon taking the medicines.