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Q: I have high blood pressure 134\196, what should I do to lower it, can i continue jogging , which i u

I have high blood pressure 134\196, what should I do to lower it, can i continue jogging , which i used to do 4 months back, i had to leave it as i had back pain.

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Neil MD, Health Pro
11/30/08 7:16pm

Hello harish,

 

I'm guessing that your blood pressure 134/96, as 134/196 is not a possible reading.   By definition, systolic BP (the top number by convention in the US) must be less the diastolic pressure (bottom number).

 

Exercise is an excellent way to lower blood pressure, as is losing weight.  Also, try to avoid adding salt to your the diet and stop smoking if you smoke. 

 

Finally, if these lifestyle modifications don't lower your BP enough, there are a large number of medications which can help lower your pressure.  A diuretic like hydrochlorothiazide is an excellent first choice, as it is cheap, effective, and has very few side effects.

 

To your health,

Neil MD

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