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What daily activities can I do to help lower my blood pressure?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Daily activity, even as little as a 15-minute walk, will help lower blood pressure, which decreases your risk for stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Short midday naps also lower these risks, as getting regular rest lowers blood pressure and improves brain health.

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Dr. Frank J. Ammaturo, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

You can lower blood pressure with daily physical activity. In general, regular, aerobic, physical activity is the key with hypertension. You do not have to go to a fancy gym. Walking briskly for at least 30 minutes a day may help lower blood pressure.

However, your doctor may suggest specific physical activity, depending on your age. Vigorous physical activities may be recommended for younger patients, whereas a brisk, daily walk may be recommended for elderly patients.

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