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could you help me? I want to get my blood pressure down urgently!

By June 27, 2010 - 12:10am
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My blood pressure has been high for months now and my doctor wants me to go on a third medication. I am not happy taking so many meds. How can i control my blood pressure naturally. I know weight loss and exercise is important but i have bad rheumatoid arthritis and have been told not to exercise at present until the flareup settles down.
I have a friend who told me to try watermelon everyday. Haven't started yet but will. Any other ideas. My dad swore by garlic. He had excellent blood pressure but it may have been heredetiry. on my mother's side all the females had high blood pressure.

My weight has climbed a little due to an underactive thyroid which has been treated for two weeks now with no noticeable weight loss. I had a heart pain in the shops the other day. It was scary. Told the doctor. I am nearly sixty. With thanks, Marie

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Hi Marie,

Many times when high blood pressure is hereditary, medication may be necessary. There are many things that you can do naturally to lower your blood pressure:

lose weight
do not smoke/or drink alcohol
reducing the sodium (salt) in your foods

Here is a link from the National Institute of Health which will help you better understand different medications as well as what you can try to do naturally to lower your blood pressure. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/treat/treat.htm.

I know you say that exercise may be an issue but water aerobics is known to be a great way to exercise without putting so much pressure on your body to bother the arthritis. Have you ever tried that?

Please let us know if the information helps you and keep us updated.

June 28, 2010 - 11:34am
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