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Alternative Therapies To Lower Blood Pressure

According to the American Heart Association, alternative therapies may help lower blood pressure for those who don’t tolerate or respond to traditional medications. Alternative therapies include aerobic exercise, slow-breathing exercises, resistance training, and isometric handgrip. However, Robert Brook, M.D., cautions that they should be used in conjunction with a blood pressure management plan recommended by a primary care physician; alternative therapies should not replace traditional methods for those who respond well to them. Traditional therapies include exercise, weight management and a low-sodium, well-balanced diet. Dr. Brook is an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.