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What is the treatment for mildly raised blood pressure?

Q: I have a high blood pressure problem (145/95 mmHg). I am 33 years old and weigh 73 kg. I exercise daily. What should I do?

A:You appear to have mild hypertension. However this must be confirmed by several readings say once in 2 weeks. You must first try simple methods of BP control after a full check up which should include full biochemical tests, ECG, X-ray chest. These measures are

  • Diet should be low in salt & fat. Your weight is O.K.
  • Regular exercise - walk an hour daily
  • No alcohol or smoking
If your BP is still above 140/90 mmHg you can start drugs. I suggest you get the advice of your doctor for this.

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