Blood pressure is an important health metric. High blood pressure—called hypertension—can damage blood vessels and lead to heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure helps you live your best and longest life.
As a physician, I use lifestyle medicine principles to help patients prevent hypertension from developing and manage the disease if it does emerge. The idea behind lifestyle medicine is that you can prevent or address health problems—including hypertension—by making changes in six key areas:
Lifestyle medicine really works! The approach is backed by scientific evidence and is completely natural. It doesn’t require any medications or supplements.
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In this series on hypertension prevention, I will explore all six lifestyle medicine tips and explain how you can use them to improve your blood pressure and overall health. Learn why this advice is effective and discover how to integrate positive habits into your busy life.
Of course, if you have concerns about your blood pressure, please talk to your clinician. Some patients require medication in addition to lifestyle changes to bring their numbers under control.
Dr. Joan Hunter is an internist at Vancouver Clinic. She enjoys working with patients to help them make small changes that lead to better wellness. She has a special interest in women’s health and lifestyle medicine.