High blood pressure is a chronic disease, which means that once you have it, it usually lasts a lifetime. The good news is that high blood pressure can be treated and managed so that you can continue to live your life the way you want.
Your doctor or health care professional may recommend healthy lifestyle changes, prescribe medication, or both. It is important to carefully follow your doctor's instructions and take your medicine as prescribed in order to maintain a healthy blood pressure and to prevent serious complications, such as heart attack or stroke.*
*EXFORGE is approved to treat high blood pressure, and is not approved to treat or prevent cardiovascular events, including heart attack or stroke.
Healthy Changes to Lower High Blood pressure
One method of treating and controlling high blood pressure that your doctor may recommend is making healthy changes to your lifestyle. Some people are able to successfully lower their blood pressure by making the following healthy changes to their lifestyle:
- Eat a diet low in salt and fat, and rich in fruits and vegetables.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Get regular physical activity. (Always consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.)
Exforge Prescription Medication
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can go a long way toward helping control your risk of high blood pressure, but for most people this is not enough. In addition to the lifestyle changes listed above, your doctor may prescribe medication to help lower your blood pressure.
Starting prescription medication for high blood pressure may seem like a process of trial and error at first, and you may feel discouraged. It is normal for your doctor to prescribe different medicines and adjust dosages until you and your doctor as a team find one that works best for you.
Most people will require more than one medication to get to their blood pressure goal. When one medication isn't enough or is causing significant side effects, doctors will often prescribe more than one blood pressure medication at a time.
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