If you’ve already been diagnosed with high blood pressure, these new guidelines won’t make a difference in your treatment. If you are newly diagnosed, you may not need to go on medication right away either. Changing your diet to a whole food, heart-healthy diet, losing weight if you need to, getting regular exercise, and learning relaxation strategies can help you lower your blood pressure naturally. If you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, medication is recommended even at Stage 1. For others, at Stage 1, lifestyle changes alone are recommended and usually enough.
Don’t take high blood pressure lightly. You want to avoid cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and stroke. Take care of yourself through a healthy diet, exercise, and relaxation.
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