Does pre hypertension need medication?

When your doctor diagnoses prehypertension, you probably won’t need to take blood pressure medication, but it is important to make the lifestyle changes that will decrease the likelihood of your prehypertension progressing to full-blown hypertension.

Do you need to take medication for prehypertensive blood pressure? While the new normal is lower and the prehypertensive category has gone away, most people who were not considered to have hypertension under previous guidelines are encouraged to manage their blood pressure through lifestyle changes rather than medication.

How to lower your blood pressure if you have prehypertension? “If you have prehypertension or if your blood pressure is mildly elevated, lifestyle changes alone may be the first step. Losing 5 percent to 10 percent of your body weight, reducing sodium, improving your diet and exercising regularly will usually result in a lowering of your blood pressure.

What should your blood pressure reading be if you have prehypertension? Prehypertension is between 120-139 for the first number in your blood pressure reading, and/or 80-89 for the second number. Nearly 30% of American adults have prehypertension, according to the CDC.

Which is worse high blood pressure or prehypertension? According to a 2005 analysis by the Framingham Heart Study, people with prehypertension are twice as likely to develop high blood pressure as are people with normal pressures. Even worse, prehypertension increases the risk of heart disease.

Do you need to take blood pressure medication if your blood pressure is high?

Do you need to take blood pressure medication if your blood pressure is high? Your blood pressure is higher than you want, but it’s not full-on high blood pressure. Unless you also have another health condition — like kidney disease or heart problems — your doctor will likely say you don’t need drugs for now. But don’t ignore it. You’re on the path to high blood pressure, so make some changes to your lifestyle.

How to manage high blood pressure if you have prehypertension? Here are some strategies to help you manage prehypertension: Lose weight if you are overweight. Being overweight increases the risk of high blood pressure. However, losing weight can lower high blood pressure. Studies show that modest weight loss can prevent hypertension by 20% in overweight people with prehypertension.

What’s the difference between normal blood pressure and prehypertension? Normal blood pressure is 119/79 or lower. Prehypertension is 120/80 to 129/80. Prehypertension increases your risk for chronic (long-term) high blood pressure. Prehypertension and high blood pressure increase your risk for heart and blood vessel disease.

What kind of medication can you take for prehypertension? Medication. A well-publicized 2006 study reported that two years of treatment with the angiotensin receptor blocker candesartan (Atacand) can reduce the likelihood that prehypertension will progress to hypertension, with the benefit persisting for at least two years after treatment is stopped.