High Blood Pressure
We offer the following tests to diagnose and manage high blood pressure.
- Office Blood Pressure Measurement
- Blood work As Necessary
Managing your diet and stress is key to managing high blood pressure.
- Goals: Goals in the treatment of hypertension include reducing sodium and alcohol intake, losing weight if you are overweight or obese, increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and low-fat dairy products, and reducing your stress.
- Reduce Sodium Intake: Limit your salt intake to less than 2300 mg or 1 teaspoon daily. In some cases, you may have to lower it to less than 1500 mg or ¾ teaspoon daily. You can achieve this by reducing intake of processed foods and reading food labels well.
- Increase Potassium and Calcium Intake: Beans, lentils, sweet potatoes and bananas are foods high in potassium. Dairy and non-dairy alternatives high in calcium include milk, yogurt, almond milk, broccoli and almonds.
- Reduce Stress with Meditation and Exercise: Exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Practice doing meditation daily for about 20 minutes. Start with 5 minutes and increase gradually.
If you have high blood pressure or a family history of high blood pressure, please consult with our doctor to manage your nutrition.