Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Blood Pressure Dilemma

Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 09:59 AM


Question: I am a 51 man and during a recent checkup my blood pressure was a little high, 135/88. My doctor prescribed some medication to lower it, but I’d first like try cutting down on salt and exercising more. What do you think? Should I take the meds right away or try other things first?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

The target blood pressure goal is 120/80 mm Hg or lower in a person with no underlying disease. Changing your lifestyle can go a long way toward controlling high blood pressure. These changes usually include eating a healthier diet with less salt (the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, diet), exercising more, quitting smoking and losing weight. The most important element in managing high blood pressure is follow-up care. Monitor your blood pressure if you are not taking medications immediately, and start your prescription medication if you still have high blood pressure with lifestyle changes.





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