Stage 1 high blood pressure (BP) is treated with healthy lifestyle habits and sometimes medication.
Stage 1 high BP means you may be twice as likely to develop serious diseases, such as a heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease. This is compared to a person with normal BP. Lowering your blood pressure can help prevent damage to the blood vessels, heart, brain, and kidneys. It can prevent serious disease.
A healthy lifestyle can lower your BP. Your doctor may suggest:
- Weight loss
- Healthy diet
- Reduce salt
- Add potassium to diet
- Only drink alcohol moderately (up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men)
Some people with Stage 1 high BP also have a higher risk of problems. Depending on the risk, doctors will use medication to help lower BP. People with higher risk include those who have:
- Cardiovascular disease (CVD) such as heart attack, angina, stroke, poor circulation
- Chronic kidney disease
- Higher risk of developing CVD within 10 years
Remember, healthy lifestyle habits can lower your BP. Your doctor will check your BP again in 3 to 6 months and see if it is going down. If you start medication, your doctor will check on you sooner, usually in 1 month.
Lower your BP to stay healthy!