Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition, Nutrients and Additives, Blood Pressure
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s estimated that 60 million Americans need to control high blood pressure, making this condition the No. 1 concern of cardiologists and internists today. Only about two-thirds of the people who know they have high blood pressure have it under fair control, usually with drug therapy.

Despite lifestyle modifications and drugs, many people’s high blood pressure levels remain uncontrolled. And uncontrolled high blood pressure (known medically as hypertension) is a leading risk factor for both heart attack and stroke, with women even more vulnerable to its ravages than men.

One of the most common consultations I see in my office is someone with high blood pressure levels who can’t tolerate the side effects of prescription drugs or who just doesn’t want to risk taking drugs. I can’t blame them: The fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. is properly prescribed drugs in a hospital environment.

Anti-hypertensive medications can control high blood pressure levels, but at a high cost in terms of side effects and increased risk of other diseases. However, some patients need pharmacological agents, especially those whose hearts and daily life are highly compromised.
 
There are natural ways to lower blood pressure. They involve good cardiovascular nutrition, as well as simple lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation. Lowering blood pressure naturally is possible, but it takes commitment and the willingness to make some changes.

For more information on natural ways to lower blood pressure and good cardiovascular nutrition, visit www.drsinatra.com.

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