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Lower Blood Pressure Quickly

Before you lower blood pressure quickly, you need to first understand the overall impact of this condition. Throughout the United States, 25 percent of adults are prehypertensive and 31.3 percent of adults have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Leaving high blood pressure high may lead to a variety of serious complications, such as heart attack, aneurysm and stroke. There are several ways to get your blood pressure under control, including ways to do it rather quickly, but safely.

Get Up and Move

Regular exercise is actually a very effective way to lower your blood pressure and you will often start to see results within just a few weeks. The key is regular exercise and not just weekend bursts. You need to start by talking to your healthcare provider and getting some recommendations and from there, develop a plan that you know you can stick to. Even if you can only do 10 minutes at a time to start, this is fine and will be beneficial. Just build up as you build endurance and strength, and better your health. When you are developing your exercise plan, make sure to incorporate a balance of cardiovascular exercise, flexibility training and strength training. Exercise may also lead to weight loss, which will improve hypertension.

Cut Out the Salt

You need some sodium in your diet, but like all things, moderation is key. Someone with high blood pressure should not be taking in more than 1,500 milligrams per day of sodium. Keeping a food journal throughout the day is a good way to keep track of how much sodium you are getting. Be sure to read food labels and for extra help, talk to your healthcare provider and/or a nutritionist.

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Cut Back on Caffeine

This can be difficult for people, especially those who are used to running to the coffee pot when fatigue sets in, but caffeine is a stimulant and, therefore, can and may increase blood pressure. You do not have to give up caffeine entirely, but should limit your intake to less than 200 milligrams each day. If you happen to be someone who is sensitive to caffeine, you may have to limit your intake even more.

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Stop Smoking

Quitting is difficult and is you are more likely to be successful if you partner with your healthcare provider to develop a strategy for quitting. Your healthcare provider can help you gather resources to help you quit. Like caffeine, the nicotine in cigarettes is a stimulant and it does raise blood pressure. Tobacco smoke is also toxic to the cells lining the blood vessels, and this contributes to the development of hypertension. If you regularly smoke throughout the day, your blood pressure may remain constantly elevated.

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Reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Monti, MD, MPH

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