BP - Control

I am 70 years old and have had a high blood pressure since the last 20 years. Since then I have been on medication (Depin retard and Tenolol 2). However, my BP still is very often recorded on the higher side (160-190 to 85-90). There are no other symptoms. I feel better if I do some exercise or yoga and take a lot of water and juice. My ECG and other tests are normal. How can I keep my BP under control?


There are some point to keep in mind:

  1. There is no "best" drug for treating high blood pressure. Drugs of first choice include ACE inhibitors (eg captopril, enalapril), beta-blockers (eg propranolol, atenolol), calcium channel blockers (eg nifedipine LA, felodipine, amlodipine), and thiazide diuretics (eg hydrochlorothiazide, bendrofluazide).
  2. A drug from two or more of the above classes may be combined when necessary.
  3. Your blood pressure needs to be reduced to about 150/85 mmHg.
  4. I suggest adding a small dose of a diuretic to the current regimen with concurrence of your doctor.
  5. Do exercise daily, reduce fat and animal protein in the diet, eschew smoking, keep body weight in check, and have a medical check up at least once a year.