Nonpharmacologic therapy for hypertension: Does it really work?

Thor Tejada, Alessia Fornoni, Oliver Lenz, Barry J Materson

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Abstract

Nondrug therapy of hypertension really does work but requires strong motivation by both patient and physician. In addition to global health benefits, prescription of weight loss, exercise, moderation of salt and alcohol intake, Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, and tobacco avoidance can decrease the risk for normotensive and prehypertensive patients of developing fixed hypertension. Initiating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle may be sufficient to avoid pharmacologic therapy for some patients and is a valuable adjunct to drug therapy for most. Blood pressure lowering can be achieved by weight reduction (5-20 mm Hg/10 kg), DASH eating plan (8-14 mm Hg), dietary sodium reduction (2-8 mm Hg), increased physical activity (4-9 mm Hg), and moderation of alcohol consumption (2-4 mm Hg). Combination of two or more modalities may have an additive benefit. Cessation of tobacco abuse not only has global health benefits, but may reduce blood pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-424
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reports
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

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Hypertension
Insurance Benefits
Weight Loss
Eating
Tobacco Use Cessation
Exercise
Blood Pressure
Dietary Sodium
Therapeutics
Alcohol Drinking
Tobacco
Prescriptions
Motivation
Salts
Alcohols
Physicians
Drug Therapy
Global Health
Healthy Lifestyle

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Nonpharmacologic therapy for hypertension : Does it really work? / Tejada, Thor; Fornoni, Alessia; Lenz, Oliver; Materson, Barry J.

In: Current Cardiology Reports, Vol. 8, No. 6, 01.11.2006, p. 418-424.

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