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Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Best Ways to Control High Blood Pressure

Michael Roizen, M.D. By Thursday, 01 December 2022 12:14 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Lionel Hollins, 69, retired assistant coach for the NBA’s Houston Rockets — who is also a former All-Star point guard with 10 years in the league — was diagnosed with high blood pressure at age 27. He managed to control it, so it didn't interfere with his career or health.

But that's not something that comes easily to many of the 116 million adults in the U.S. with the condition — defined as having a top number (systolic pressure) above 130 and a lower number (diastolic pressure) above 80, or having lowered it by taking medication.

Unfortunately, only about 24% of those people have their blood pressure under control.

Now, a study in JAMA offers a clear picture of the best ways to control high blood pressure:

• Optimal non-medication steps, which should be taken first, include: Weight loss achieved through calorie restriction and exercise; increased potassium in the diet (best choice) and through supplementation; adopting the DASH or Mediterranean diet; aerobics and strength training 40 to 60 minutes at least three times a week; and minimal or no alcohol intake.

• Medications are the second line of defense and can lower blood pressure by 10, 20, or 30 mmHg, reducing cardiovascular events by 29%, 52%, and 54%, respectively. The first choice for meds: Thiazide diuretics, calcium channel blockers, and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers — and sometimes two-drug combinations.

If your blood pressure isn't controlled, are you ready to take these lifestyle steps and talk to your doctor about treatment choices? It's advice worth taking to heart.

© King Features Syndicate


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If your blood pressure isn't controlled, are you ready to take these lifestyle steps and talk to your doctor about treatment choices?
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