High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

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    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Medical Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

Quick GuideHigh Blood Pressure (Hypertension): Warning Signs, Risks, Medications

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): Warning Signs, Risks, Medications

How does exercise help lower high blood pressure?

Exercise helps lower blood pressure by helping you lose weight and keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition.

Weight loss achieved through diet and exercise helps control factors such as blood sugar, and other complications of obesity. Avoiding these complications helps lower blood pressure.

Consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Activities including walking, jogging, biking, or swimming for 30 to 45 minutes per day can help lower blood pressure.

Is complementary and alternative medicine effective for treating high blood pressure?

Some complementary and alternative medicine strategies can help you manage your high blood pressure.

  • Reduce stress.
  • Use relaxation methods such as deep breathing, imagery relaxation, yoga, meditation, and biofeedback.
  • Keep a daily blood pressure chart.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Some home remedies, such as garlic, coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10), calcium, magnesium, fish oil, and flaxseed have been shown in studies to lower blood pressure. Consult your physician before taking any supplements. Continue Reading
Reviewed on 2/18/2014
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"Physical Activity and Blood Pressure." American Heart Association. 11 Feb. 2014.

"Understanding Blood Pressure Readings." American Heart Association. 1 Mar. 2013.

"How Is High Blood Pressure Treated?" National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 2 Aug. 2012.

"Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure With DASH." National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Apr. 2006.

Kaplan, N. M., et al. "Overview of hypertension in adults." UpToDate. 14 Jan. 2014.

Mann, J. F. E., et al. "Choice of therapy in primary (essential) hypertension: Recommendations." UpToDate. 7 Jan. 2014.

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