Harvard Heart Letter

Squeezing your way to lower blood pressure

A simple hand exercise could help you lower your blood pressure without drugs.

A hand grip designed to keep fighter pilots from blacking out during sharp turns and steep dives has an interesting therapeutic benefit on the ground "" lowering blood pressure without medication.

Squeezing the grip for a few minutes a day has been shown to lower blood pressure as much as a first-line antihypertension drug. How it does this is still something of a medical mystery.

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