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Hi, I am 58 years old and I am a house-wife. I have high blood pressure for the past 6 months. It keeps fluctuating once in a while. What are the different ways in which I can control it?
You can control your blood pressure with proper diet, lifestyle changes (non-pharmacoogical approach) and with medicines (pharmacological approach). If your BP is mild, then you can first try the non-pharmacological measures but if it is very high then you may need medication to control it.
Lifestyle changes: Dr Sanjeev Chaudhary, Associate Director & Unit Head, Cardiology, FMRI, Gurgaon emphasises that people with mid hypertension should try lifestyle and dietary changes before moving on to taking medicines. Here are some suggestions:
Here is a detailed account on dietary tips to control BP
Medicines: Anti-hypertensive drugs like diuretics, beta-blockers and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE) may be prescribed to control BP. If your BP keeps fluctuating and goes very high then you may life-long medication. Speak to you doctor before going ahead with any of these measures to control BP.
Here's a detailed account on medicines for hypertension and their side-effects.
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