Harvard Women's Health Watch

Drugs may not be best for mild high blood pressure

Blood pressure medicines can reduce heart attacks, strokes, and deaths in people with moderate to severe high blood pressure, but according to one study, they may not significantly reduce heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, or deaths in those with milder elevations in blood pressure. Women with mildly elevated blood pressure may want to try nondrug interventions for lowering blood pressure—such as diet, exercise, and stress management—before turning to medications.
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