There are new guidelines for what is high blood pressure. Readings that are between 120/80 and 140/90 used to be labeled high normal. These readings are now considered "prehypertensive" which means you're at increased risk for heart disease and stroke.
There are now many things besides taking medication that you can do to lower that blood pressure. Here are some of them.
1. A research study reported at the American Society of Hypertension found that patients who didn't respond to drug treatment could use as a treatment slow-breathing exercises for only 15 minutes a day, three to four days a week. Their top number (the systolic reading) fell almost 14 points and the bottom number (the diastolic reading) fell about 9 points.
2. Men with elevated blood pressure drank 12 ounces of Concord grape juice a day. Within 12 weeks their top numbers fell by 5.7 points and the bottom numbers by 5.8.
3. Aerobic exercise like walking, swimming, jogging lowered top numbers by 3.8 points and bottom ones by 2.5 points.
4. People who ate five servings of fruits and veggies per day dropped their blood pressure also.