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High blood pressure. Do not want medicine. Will a brisk walk daily control BP?

Hi doctor, I am priyanka from India . I am 22 years old .My blood pressure read 130 /109 this morning.I do not want to take medicines all through my life for blood pressure since I have grown up seeing my brothers addiction to them . Will a. brisk waLk for 40 mins everyday help me keel my blood pressure in control .please advice me on wat other precautionsI should take ..also please tell me at how much risk I am currently Thanks Priyanka
Asked On : Fri, 21 Sep 2012
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Dear Priyanka, hello.
By your description about your brothers, it seems you are having blood pressure problem in your family. Does any of your parent has high blood pressure problem? High blood pressure runs in families. If you have familial history of high blood pressure, you should take extra precautions and should not ignore any rise in blood pressure.
You have mentioned your blood pressure reading of one day only. I will suggest that you strictly monitor your blood pressure daily. Try to measure blood pressure twice a day in morning and at night atleast for few days. This will help in judging your trend of blood pressure.
Please also have some investigatios done :-
1. Lipid Profile
2. Thyroid Profile
3. Renal Profile
4. Urine (Routine and Microscopic)
5. Blood Sugar (Fasting and PP)
6. ECG
You should avoid taking extra salt as the sodium in the salt result in increase in blood pressure. You can use low sodium preparation of salt, which are now easily available in the market.
Very brisk walk will result inincrease in blood pressure. Instead, try Yoga. This will help you in reduction of blood pressure.
I hope I am able to help you in solving your problem.
Thanks and take care.
Answered: Fri, 21 Sep 2012
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