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What are some popular treatments for high blood pressure?

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Various medications can treat high blood pressure. A lifestyle change is also important for controlling blood pressure, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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Common medical treatments include diuretics, beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors. Diuretics help by getting rid of excess sodium and water. Beta-blockers slow the heart rate, which helps to lower blood pressure, and ACE inhibitors relax and open blood vessels by producing less angiotensin, according to the American Heart Association.

A change in lifestyle requires a change in diet and activity and maintenance of a healthy weight. Following a DASH eating plan, which includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat choices, helps with blood pressure problems. Along with eating right and being physically active, keeping a BMI of less than 25 can help with blood pressure problems, as stated by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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