Stage 1 high blood pressure (BP) is treated with healthy lifestyle habits and sometimes medication.

Stage 1 high BP means you may be twice as likely to develop serious diseases, such as a heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease. This is compared to a person with normal BP. Lowering your blood pressure can help prevent damage to the blood vessels, heart, brain, and kidneys. It can prevent serious disease.

A healthy lifestyle can lower your BP. Your doctor may suggest:

  • Weight loss
  • Exercise
  • Healthy diet
  • Reduce salt
  • Add potassium to diet
  • Only drink alcohol moderately (up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men)

Some people with Stage 1 high BP also have a higher risk of problems. Depending on the risk, doctors will use medication to help lower BP. People with higher risk include those who have:

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) such as heart attack, angina, stroke, poor circulation
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Higher risk of developing CVD within 10 years

Remember, healthy lifestyle habits can lower your BP. Your doctor will check your BP again in 3 to 6 months and see if it is going down. If you start medication, your doctor will check on you sooner, usually in 1 month.

Lower your BP to stay healthy!