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My blood pressure is 150/80. What do I do to lower it as ...

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My blood pressure is 150/80. What do I do to lower it as everyone says I should? I am 62 years old, 5''4", 185 lbs, female with no other health issues.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Nurse Annie replied 8 years ago.

If you haven't done so already, you need to see your doctor for an evaluation. Several factors are known to increase blood pressure, including obesity, heavy alcohol use, family history of high blood pressure, high salt intake, and aging. A sedentary lifestyle, stress, low potassium intake, low calcium intake, and resistance to insulin may also cause your blood pressure to rise. If you fall into the prehypertension range (120–139/80–89), your doctor will likely recommend lifestyle modifications, including losing excess weight, exercising, limiting alcohol, cutting back on salt, quitting smoking, and following the DASH diet. You can read about the DASH diet here;_ylt=AkNDGbW5xFjgpaPoFVrlllEVzLQF
If you have high blood pressure, (140–159/90–99) and you do not have any organ damage or other risk factors for heart disease (uncomplicated high blood pressure), your doctor will likely recommend lifestyle changes and possibly medications. Treatment of secondary high blood pressure depends on the cause. You can read more about high blood pressure here
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