Harvard Heart Letter

Ways to reduce your dependence on blood pressure medications

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These diet and lifestyle interventions can make a big impact.

High blood pressure can be stubborn: three to five medications are often needed to bring it down. The good news is that making simple changes to your everyday life may help reduce your dependence on drugs. How much they will help can't be predicted, however. You won't know until you try them.

"Blood pressure may drop a little or a lot. Even if it doesn't change, all these recommendations are good for your general health," says Dr. Randall Zusman, a blood pressure specialist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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