High blood pressure is lowered gradually for most people. Trying to lower it instantly can actually be dangerous. Slow and steady lowering is usually the safest and most beneficial way. Your doctor will oversee this process. There are many healthy ways to lower your blood pressure. Methods include:

  • Blood-pressure lowering medicine
  • A heart-healthy diet
  • Exercise
  • Eating less salt
  • Weight loss for overweight people
  • Drinking less alcohol

Your doctor may want to lower it immediately if it is dangerously high. A blood pressure of 180/120 mm Hg or higher is serious. It can damage the brain, kidney, eyes, or heart. It may be a medical emergency. To lower it quickly, you need medicines that are given in the hospital. Contact your doctor or go to the emergency room right away if you have very high blood pressure.

Most of the time there is no quick solution for high blood pressure. Usually, the best blood pressure treatment is a slow and steady process. Blood pressure control is often a life-time commitment.

Keep high blood pressure from taking a toll with slow and steady blood pressure control!