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Can High Blood Pressure Ever Be Cured?

It is often asked, can high blood pressure ever be cured? The answer is a definite yes. This statement definitely requires a positive answer because if the answer is not a yes then you could be at risk of many secondary and serious diseases. So, it is important to know what causes high blood pressure and whether lifestyle changes can cure you or you need blood pressure medication to do that. For further information read Top High Blood Pressure Treatment Options Discussed

Lifestyle changes include diet for high blood pressure, losing weight, increasing exercise or physical activity level, avoiding environmental pollutants such as second hand smoke, avoiding overuse of narcotics and/or alcohol, and watching the amount of sodium, fat and cholesterol in your diet. A proper diet is essential in maintaining normal blood pressure but other changes should be made in your lifestyle as well. Beginning a healthy diet and exercising will allow you to lose those extra pounds and lower your blood pressure back to normal. Avoid crash diets or you might suffer from a heart attack soon. Diet plays an important role in both the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure.

If lifestyle changes do not help you to reduce blood pressure, blood pressure medicine may be the answer. Medications may include diuretics (help decrease the amount of fluids in the body by increasing urine output), beta-blockers (help to prevent vaso-constriction due to central nervous system responses), calcium channel blockers (relax the blood vessels), angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (prevent vaso-constriction), angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), or alpha blockers. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps maintain the body’s normal balance of salt and fluids, which helps maintain normal blood pressure. Different amounts of potassium are found in fruits and vegetables, lean meats, potatoes and whole grain foods. In fact, garlic may help lower blood pressure.

So, the question, can high blood pressure ever be cured is both irrelevant and improper.