• harish harish
    November 25, 2008
    I have high blood pressure 134\196, what should I do to lower it, can i continue jogging , which i u
    harish harish
    November 25, 2008

    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
    November 30, 2008
    Neil MD
    Health Pro
    November 30, 2008

    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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