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Lower blood pressure without medicines - Dr Vivek Baliga Patient Guide

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Dr Vivek Baliga, physician, discusses simple ways to lower elevated blood pressure naturally using simple lifestyle measures. For more information on Dr Vivek, visit his online profile here - http://baligadiagnostics.com/dr-vivek-baliga/

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Lower blood pressure without medicines - Dr Vivek Baliga Patient Guide

  1. 1. Lower Blood Pressure Without Medicines Patient Presentation Dr Vivek Baliga B Consultant Physician Bangalore
  2. 2. Introduction ● ‘Can I lower blood pressure without medicines?’ Has this question ever crossed your mind? ● A diagnosis of high blood pressure can be worrying. Many begin to wonder as to how they ended up having high blood pressure despite taking every measure possible in keeping themselves healthy.
  3. 3. Disclaimer Always consult your doctor for treatment and advice regarding your health.
  4. 4. New Definition ● American Heart Association now defines high blood pressure as pressure over 120/80 mmHg.
  5. 5. Why Worry About High Blood Pressure ● Hypertension is sometimes called a ‘silent killer’. This is because it rarely produces any symptoms. ● However, where the complications of high blood pressure occur, then symptoms such as chest pain, breathlessness, lower urine output (from kidney involvement) and dizziness may occur. These symptoms form a part of hypertensive emergency and reducing blood pressure within 24 to 48 hours is essential. ● This way the organ damage can be halted.
  6. 6. Is Medication Always Needed? ● This is a perfectly normal question as the thought of having to take medications can be quite daunting. ● It is important to remember that hypertension management is not just medications alone. Certain changes need to be made in one’s lifestyle in order to keep blood pressure under control. ● Sometimes, in early stages hypertension, medication is not required and simple lifestyle changes are sufficient.
  7. 7. Can Blood Pressure Be Lowered Without Medicines? YES IT CAN!
  8. 8. Lose Weight ● Being overweight is a common risk factor in the development of high blood pressure. It is also a risk factor in the development of heart disease and other ailments. ● A common problem that is associated with being overweight is sleep apnoea. ● There exists a close link between sleep apnoea and high blood pressure.
  9. 9. In one study, reducing the weight by 4 kg reduced systolic blood pressure by 4.5 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 3 mmHg. InformedHealth.org [Internet]. Cologne, Germany: Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG); 2006-. Can losing weight lower high blood pressure? 2008 Jul 30 [Updated 2015 Jul 1].Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279231/
  10. 10. Lower Your Salt Intake ● High salt intake is a well-known risk factor in the development of hypertension. If you keep your salt intake low, you can lower blood pressure without medicines. ● Currently recommend no more than 4 g per day of salt in your diet. This amounts to around 2.2 g of sodium. ● Follow the DASH diet.
  11. 11. Clinical studies have shown that reducing salt intake can lower blood pressure by 2 to 8 mmHg.
  12. 12. Step 3 - Exercise Regularly ● Make sure you exercise regularly and you could lower blood pressure without medicines. ● Stopping exercise can lead to the blood pressure increasing once again. ● A regular exercise plan is important especially in those who have borderline high blood pressure. This is because the exercise can prevent blood pressure from increasing to a point where oral medications are required.
  13. 13. 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise can lower blood pressure by 5 to 9 mmHg.
  14. 14. Lower Alcohol Intake - Moderation Is Key! ● Alcohol in small quantities is not a bad thing. ● Clinical studies have shown that moderate alcohol intake on a regular basis can reduce the blood pressure by up to 4 mmHg. ● However, if you consume excessive alcohol, your blood pressure will most certainly increase. If you do not take alcohol at all, don’t start now!
  15. 15. Stop Smoking! ● It has been proven time and again that smoking increases blood pressure. Individuals who smoke have a spike in the blood pressure immediately after they have finished their cigarette. ● Smokers have a lower blood pressure than normal, and sometimes stopping smoking can increase blood pressure. ● Remember, smoking affects all vital organs, and is a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, along with many types of cancer.
  16. 16. Stopping Smoking May Not Help Blood Pressure Much, But Will Prevent Heart Attacks, Strokes and Cancer.
  17. 17. Cut Down The Coffee ● Coffee contains caffeine. Caffeine has been shown to increase blood pressure in those individuals who consume it rarely. ● Blood pressure increases to the tune of 10 mmHg have been noted. ● It is for this reason coffee should be avoided for at least 30 minutes before checking blood pressure at home.
  18. 18. Manage Your Stress ● Stress is well known in increasing blood pressure. ● Lower your stress levels through yoga, exercise, meditation, and breathing exercises. ● Don’t hesitate to seek counselling if needed.
  19. 19. It’s Simple Measures That Can Help Lower Blood Pressure Without Medicines.
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