What Are the Top 3 Things I Should Do If I've Been Diagnosed With Hypertension?

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First of all get some good measurements. We always like to have several, and not base our diagnosis on just one measurement. After that, review them with your health care provider. See if you can make changes in diet and the lifestyle factors, that can bring you to goal, and certainly if your blood pressure is not very high, and you're not at risk, you and your provider may decide to have a two to three months trial of just lifestyle modification.

If after that, your blood pressure is still not at goal, then it would be reasonable to start a medication. However, if you're at high risk and your blood pressure is quite high initially, that means after the several readings, it most likely is prudent to start a blood pressure medication along with those lifestyle modifications.