A recent study indicates that a structured diet and exercise regimen may help reduce blood pressure with persons with resistant hypertension, which is blood pressure that cannot be controlled after appropriate dosages of at least three separate antihypertensive drugs. In a research trial of 140 participants with the average age of 63, 90 were enrolled in a four-month lifestyle program that included counseling on the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and weight control, calorie and salt restriction, and an exercise program. The other individuals were allocated to a control group that received a single blood pressure management counseling session. The lifestyle program participants had a bigger average drop in systolic blood pressure during office visits—12.5 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) compared to 7.1 mmHg in the control group—as well as improvements in other cardiovascular health markers. So if you have resistant hypertension, an organized diet and exercise program may help you manage your blood pressure and other aspects of cardiovascular health.
AAHP’s Chronic Disease Management Program (CDMP) helps Black/African American Montgomery County residents reduce and control their blood pressure. The Program provides education on cardiovascular health, exercise classes, free health screenings, and more. Call 240-777-1833 to learn more.