Stage 2 high blood pressure (BP) is treated with medications and adopting healthy lifestyle habits. People with high BP are more likely to have health problems related to high BP. For example, someone in their 50s with a BP of 160/100 has a 50 times higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke compared to someone with a normal BP. Lowering your BP can lower your risks.
Your doctor will prescribe BP lowering medications if you have Stage 2 high BP. Often, starting two different medications together is recommended.
A healthy lifestyle can lower your BP, too. Your doctor may suggest:
- Weight loss
- 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)
Medication and healthy habits can lower your BP. Your doctor will check your BP again in 1 month and see if it is going down. You may also need to track your BP at home every day and bring the log to your next visit.
Lower your BP to stay healthy!