Men and women with elevated blood pressure who make
healthy lifestyle changes and sustain them for up to a year and a half can
substantially reduce their rates of high blood pressure and potentially
decrease their heart disease risk. With behavioral counseling, increases in
physical activity, and adoption of a healthy eating plan called DASH, rates of
high blood pressure dropped from 37 to 22 percent among participants in a study
conducted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the
National Institutes of Health.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart
disease and the chief risk factor for stroke. The value of lifestyle changes
namely improving diet and increasing physical activity in reducing high blood
pressure is something you are already doing so I congratulate you a making good
choices. I would suggest staying in
close contact with your PCP and continue to live heart healthy.
I wish you peace,