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How do you treat high blood pressure?

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Is Blood pressure of 136 79 dangerous? How do you treat High Blood pressure? What should I do to correct this?

Posted Tue, 8 May 2012 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Kiran Kumar 25 minutes later

The Normal Blood Pressure According to International Standards is Systolic Less Than 130 and Diastolic Less That 80; i.e. < 130/80

Normal BP: < 130/80
Borderline BP: 130-140/80-90
Hypertension: > 140/90

So your BP is borderline. Especially the Systolic.

At this stage, you should do life style modifications.
1. Reduce your salt intake
2. Regular Exercise - Brisk Walking/Jogging, min 30 mins/day.

This should control it to normal.

There is no indication for taking medicine at this stage.

Hope this answers your question.

Thanks and Regards

Dr Kiran
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Follow-up: How do you treat high blood pressure? 7 minutes later
At what point would medication be necessary? What are the side effects of this medication or limitations of activity?
Answered by Dr. Kiran Kumar 15 hours later

Medications would be necessary if BP constantly goes more than 140 or 90.

There are many medications to chose from and the latest medication do not have any significant side effects.

Regarding activity, well its the most important step for controlling BP. Any physical activity will help to bring down the BP. So go ahead.

I hope, I have answered your query. Please accept my answer in case you have no follow up queries.

Wish you good health.

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