Drug-free methods of lowering blood pressure

11:00 PM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
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One in three Americans will have high blood pressure sometime in their lives.

Most have no symptoms, but complications can be deadly.

Senior health correspondent Monica Robins reports on drug-free methods some people are trying to lower it, naturally.

"We are seeing high blood pressure in people even in their teenage years," cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Aliota says.

What's considered high?

120 over 80 is normal. Anything above 140 over 90 needs attention.

Dr. Aliota says lowering salt in your diet and getting regular exercise can certainly help. So can laying off the caffeine.

"Some studies show that even if you have two or three cups of coffee in the morning you will still see a 4 to 5 mm increase in your blood pressure at the end of the day," Aliota continues.

When it comes to alcohol, just a third to a quarter glass a day can help drop blood pressure.

Foods rich in omega three fatty acids like fresh salmon are effective.

"Omega three fatty acids have been shown to drop high blood pressure if consumed approximately by a gram of omega three fatty acids a day," Aliota explains.

Another suggestion is reducing stress. Maybe yoga?

"Slow, deep breathing in a very meditative state will actually drop your blood pressure at that time," Aliota says. "I'm not sure how long that really lasts."


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