When should I start taking medication for high blood pressure?

When people should start taking medication for high blood pressure is somewhat controversial in terms of what is a target goal. The consensus is to shoot for a blood pressure goal of 120 over 80, with treatment often beginning when blood pressure is around 140 over 90. A lot of people are resistant to medications and want to try lifestyle modifications. But if you can't modify things, once you get over 140 over 90, it's time to start talking about medication.

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Dr. Merle Myerson, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

If your blood pressure is elevated and your risk factors are high, your doctor may recommend medication right away. Watch cardiologist Merle Myerson, MD, discuss the treatment options for high blood pressure, including lifestyle modifications.

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