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    Are there are any alternatives to taking blood pressure medication?

    I’ve recently been diagnosed as having high blood pressure. My GP wants to prescribe medication. I am not so keen on this idea. Is there anything else I can do?
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    Dr Stephen Fenton

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr. Fenton is a highly regarded general and preventative adult cardiologist. He has extensive training and experience in acute and emergency cardiac conditions, preventative cardiology, … View Profile

    The answer to this question is definitely yes. Lowering blood pressure can be achieved by a number of lifestyle measures. If blood pressure is deemed to be high, then certainly many things will help including effective weight loss, an improved diet, regular exercise, meditation, stress management in general and keeping the intake of salt, coffee and alcohol under control. Your GP is well-trained to deal this problem but If your blood pressure is proving difficult to control or there is some doubt about its diagnosis or concerns with its management, I’d recommend assessment by a preventative cardiologist.

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