High Blood Pressure

What is the treatment for high blood pressure?

Blood pressure is caused by many different factors, so there are many different treatments. The goal of treating high blood pressure is to keep the blood pressure below 140/90.

Treatments for high blood pressure include:

  • Lifestyle modifications:
    • Quit smoking
    • Lose weight
    • Exercise
    • Avoid alcohol
    • Eat a low-sodium, low-fat diet
  • Medications: There are many different categories of blood pressure medications. Your doctor will work with you to find the right one. The main types include:
    • Beta blockers
    • Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
    • Angiotensin II Receptor (ARB) blockers
    • Calcium channel blockers
    • Diuretics (water pills)
  • Treatment of underlying conditions that cause high blood pressure, such as:
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Reviewed on 2/18/2014