Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Lifestyle changes can help lower your blood pressure and improve left ventricular hypertrophy symptoms. Helpful changes you can make include:

  • Weight loss. Losing just 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) can help your blood pressure medications work more effectively and increase the chance of shrinking your left ventricular hypertrophy.
  • Limit the amount of salt in your diet. Too much salt can increase your blood pressure. Choose low sodium or no-salt-added foods, and don't add salt to your meals.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. Alcohol can also raise your blood pressure. If you choose to drink, drink a moderate amount. This is defined as one drink a day for women and men older than age 65, or two a day for men age 65 and younger.
  • Exercise regularly. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity, such as walking, most days of the week. Talk to your doctor about whether you need to restrict certain physical activities, such as weightlifting, which may temporarily raise your blood pressure.
July 18, 2012

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