10 Tips for Controlling Your Blood Pressure for a Lifetime

By James M. Rippe

Because complications from high blood pressure are the result of years of increased pressure pounding on blood vessels walls, adopting a lifelong approach to controlling hypertension is important. Remember that the goal is not simply to lower blood pressure in the short term but rather to reduce the long-term devastating complications of hypertension.

To achieve that goal, follow these ten tips:

  • Become knowledgeable about hypertension.

  • Make a commitment to help your physician control your blood pressure by actively joining in a partnership to assist in your therapy.

  • Maintain regular contact with your physician.

  • Adopt a heart-healthy diet, such as the DASH diet or the Mediterranean diet, that helps to lower blood pressure.

  • Get 30 to 45 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on most days of the week.

  • Routinely monitor your blood pressure at home.

  • Take your medicines the way your doctor prescribes them.

  • Integrate medicine-taking into your daily living routines.

  • Monitor side effects and report any troublesome ones to your physician.

  • Maintain a positive attitude about achieving the goal of life-long blood pressure control.