You may be diagnosed with prehypertension if your blood pressure consistently falls in the range of 120-129 systolic and 80-89 diastolic pressure. Treatment to lower your blood pressure should start now.
Stage 1 - Systolic 140-159 or Diastolic 90-99
Stage 2 - Systolic over 160 or Diastolic over 100
There are several types of medicines used to help lower blood pressure. If you are diagnosed with hypertension, your doctor will prescribe medication in conjunction with lifestyle changes to help keep your blood pressure under control. Sometimes drugs are used in combination to produce the best result. The patient can assist in their own treatment in the following ways:
* Maintaining a healthy weight
* Eating a healthy diet that is low in fat and cholesterol
* Limiting salt intake
* Getting moderate exercise
* Quitting smoking
* Reducing and managing stress
* Limiting alcohol intake to two drinks per day for men, one drink per day for women
Remember, only your doctor can diagnose high blood pressure, so have it checked regularly and follow your doctor's recommendations.