Try to avoid
stress and consider strategies that can reduce your level of stress
such as socializing or using relaxation therapy, exercise, cognitive
therapy, or yoga.
reduce blood pressure if it is higher than 130/84mm Hg. (Many
doctors feel that this is where the aging "danger zone" begins) You
should talk to your doctor about taking medications to reduce your
hypertension at least until non-drug techniques reduce your blood
pressure to under 130/84 on their own.
If you have blood
pressure higher than the ideal you should pay special attention to
stress reduction, excellent nutrition and exercise. Also, if your
family has a history of cardiovascular disease, you should also pay
special attention. Small changes in food and physical activity that
incorporate artery healthy habits into your lifestyle may make it
quite possible to reduce blood pressure.
Ask your doctor
for a plan to reduce blood pressure that looks at your specific needs
and concerns. Your doctor should help you to look at whether you need
to be on a medication or not. There are many options and treatments,
and your doctor will be able to consider them all. If you experience
side effects to your medications you should not stop them before
consulting your physician. This may provoke a severe aging event such
as a stroke or heart attack, so you should talk with your doctor about
possibly switching to another treatment or whether he/she recommends a
withdrawal of your current treatment.
hesitate to set up a plan to reduce blood pressure with their
physician because they think that if they start to take medications
they'll have to take them for their entire life. Fortunately that is
not always true. Some people start with medications and then are able
to move on to non-medication solutions at a later point in time to
reduce blood pressure.
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