Simple Ways To Cut the Top Blood Pressure Number

3 Nov

In recent years, doctors have increasingly focused on the lifesaving benefits of lowering your systolic blood pressure. (That’s the top number. The bottom number diastolic blood pressure, tends to fall naturally after age 55.)

A landmark 2015 study showed that volunteers who lowered their systolic pressure to 120 mm Hg had a 25 percent lower risk of heart attack and a 43 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular causes compared with those whose systolic pressure was 140.

Losing weight, eating less sodium, exercising more, and quitting smoking are among the best non-medicinal ways to reduce your systolic blood pressure substantially and for the long term. Your doctor might also prescribe medication. But if you need extra help reaching your goal, these less-known tricks can shave off a few points in the doctor’s office and beyond. In some cases, the effects will be temporary, but will eliminate artificial inflation, making your readings more medically trustworthy.

Source: Reader’s Digest October 2017

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