How can I be more active?

  • Check first with your healthcare provider before increasing your physical activity. Ask your provider what type and amount of exercise is right for you.
  • Choose aerobic activities such as walking, biking or swimming.
  • Start slowly and increase activity gradually. Aim for a regular routine of activity 5 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes each session.

What if lifestyle changes don’t help lower my blood pressure?

If diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes don’t work to lower your blood pressure, your healthcare provider prescribe hypertension medications. Your provider will take into account these drugs’ effect on other conditions you may have, such as heart or kidney disease, and other drugs you’re taking.

You might need to take hypertension medicine from now on. Be sure to follow your provider’s dosing directions exactly.

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