Information to help you lower your blood pressure
By Beth Wood
Copley News Service
If you have high blood pressure, getting stressed out is definitely counterproductive.
But figuring out what's best for you can be difficult. It is hoped some of these resources will provide helpful hints and peace of mind.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's "Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure" is divided into six informative sections: Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure, Detection, Prevention, Treatment and Issues for Women.
To access the American Society Hypertension's patient's guide, click on "ASH Pamphlet" on this page. The free brochure (in PDF) provides a description of the disorder and explanation of detection and treatments.
The International Society on Hypertension in Blacks, which is devoted to ethnicity and health, has fact sheets on high blood pressure and on its impact on kidney and cardiovascular diseases.
The American Academy of Family Physicians' site gives clear and concise information on many medical topics. Just type "blood pressure" in the search box and, on the page that comes up, choose the top entry.
- www.mayoclinic.com/print/high-blood-pressure/HI00062www.mayoclinic.com/health/h gh-blood-pressure/QZ00033
While a little scary to read, it's important to know the damage high blood pressure can do. This page from the Mayo Clinic lays it out, and the second link brings you to a quiz that can help you determine if you're at risk.
If you think yoga might help, this site provides eight poses said to relieve high blood pressure. Click on the names of poses for step-by-step instructions.
- "The DASH Diet Action Plan: Based on the National Institutes of Health Research: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension," Marla Heller (2007)
A registered dietitian's take on the National Institutes of Health's recommended diet to prevent or lower high blood pressure. It features recipes and meal plans - with adjustments for three daily calorie-intake goals.
- "Harvard Medical School Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure," Aggie Casey and Herbert Benson (2005)
Dr. Benson and cardiac wellness expert Casey offer a program that includes nutrition, exercise, stress-reduction and relaxation.
- "Hypertension Cookbook," American Medical Association and Karen A. Levin (2005) This handy book is packed with tips for controlling cholesterol, as well as low-fat, low-calorie recipes and suggestions for healthy snacks.
"Yoga and Blood Pressure" (2006)
In his "Let's Go!" series highlighting yoga as a cure for various ailments, practitioner Avneesh Tiwari presents a simple practice that may help regulate blood pressure.
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