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How does exercise help lower high blood pressure?

Exercise helps lower blood pressure by helping you lose weight and keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition.

Weight loss achieved through diet and exercise helps control factors such as blood sugar, and other complications of obesity. Avoiding these complications helps lower blood pressure.

Consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Activities including walking, jogging, biking, or swimming for 30 to 45 minutes per day can help lower blood pressure.

Is complementary and alternative medicine effective for treating high blood pressure?

Some complementary and alternative medicine strategies can help you manage your high blood pressure.

  • Reduce stress.
  • Use relaxation methods such as deep breathing, imagery relaxation, yoga, meditation, and biofeedback.
  • Keep a daily blood pressure chart.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Some home remedies, such as garlic, coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10), calcium, magnesium, fish oil, and flaxseed have been shown in studies to lower blood pressure. Consult your physician before taking any supplements.

REFERENCES:

"About High Blood Pressure." American Heart Association. 22 Jan. 2013.

"Physical Activity and Blood Pressure." American Heart Association. 11 Feb. 2014.

"Understanding Blood Pressure Readings." American Heart Association. 1 Mar. 2013.

"How Is High Blood Pressure Treated?" National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 2 Aug. 2012.

"Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure With DASH." National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Apr. 2006.

Kaplan, N. M., et al. "Overview of hypertension in adults." UpToDate. 14 Jan. 2014.

Mann, J. F. E., et al. "Choice of therapy in primary (essential) hypertension: Recommendations." UpToDate. 7 Jan. 2014.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/18/2014

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