Non-pharmacologic approaches for blood pressure control

P. F. Kokkinos, V. Papademetriou, G. D. Moutsatsos

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It is now well established that certain non-pharmacologic interventious are effective in the prevention of hypertension or the reduction of high blood pressure. Their implementation alone or in conjunction with antihypertensive medication is strongly recommended by experts. These interventions include increased physical activity, reduction of body weight, sodium intake, alcohol consumption, smoking cessation and a comprehensive diet, is low in fat and sodium, rich in fruits and vegetables and adequate intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium. In this review, we assess the current literature on each non-pharmacologic factor, present the findings and offer recommendations for the implementation of the most effective non- pharmacologic interventions for the hypertensive patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-125
Number of pages9
JournalHellenic Journal of Cardiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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