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.

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