Steps you can take to overcome resistant hypertension
Dr. Thomas offers eight tips for managing hypertension. If you do these things, you’ll know you’re doing all you can to help:
- Make sure you’re taking your hypertension medication correctly and at the scheduled time.
- If your medication is causing unpleasant side effects, talk to your doctor about alternatives — don’t just stop taking it.
- Follow a low-sodium diet (less than 2.3 grams per day).
- Follow the DASH diet, which includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.
- Exercise regularly. (Talk to your doctor first if it’s been awhile since you were physically active.)
- Limit the amount of processed foods you eat — they’re usually high in sodium.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Learn to check your blood pressure at home. Ask your doctor to help you create a monitoring schedule. Log the results and bring them to your doctor’s appointments. Have your blood pressure machine checked for accuracy at least once a year.
Managing hypertension isn’t always easy, but making these changes is worth the effort. They will go a long way toward reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke.
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