Lifestyle modification: initial step to manage mild or borderline hypertension

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29 Jun 2016 - General

Some of my  female  patients complained of headache and feeling of discomfort when they had blood pressure of  140/90. Since most of Filipino women have normal  blood pressure of 90/70, when they reach the level of 140/90, they really start  complaining  of  a lot of things, ranging from dizziness  to numbness of the nape and to bitemporal  headache. How do I approach these patients?  To some with a history of being very much stressed at work, I usually advised them to tone down their schedule and to relax a bit. To others with high intake of salty and fatty foods, I teach them how to modify their diet. With adequate rest  and low salt/fat diet, their blood pressure goes down to normal level.