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5 Lifestyle Changes to Help You Lower Blood Pressure

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is usually the result of many factors. Some, such as family history and genetics, are out of a person’s control, but there are lifestyle changes any person with hypertension can make to maintain a healthier blood pressure.

While medication is a common tool many people need to control their hypertension, “many people might not ever need medication,” says Vivek Bhalla, MD, founder and director of the Stanford Hypertension Center at Stanford University School of Medicine in California.

“If your blood pressure is more than 140/90 [millimeters of mercury] mmHg, regardless of age or other risk factors, you will probably need medication,” Dr. Bhalla says. “Once you get it below 140/90 mmHg, then diet and lifestyle can be used to get it closer to 120/80 mmHg, which is the end goal. But what we use to get there depends on the person.”

Maintaining a healthy blood pressure for life will require multiple steps, he adds. Here are five ways you can treat hypertension with lifestyle changes, whether or not you’re taking medication.

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