15. Medication has been proven to help many people.
One of the first things that your doctor may do after diagnosing hypertension is to give medication options. Medication can be extremely useful in lowering blood pressure, mainly if it is chronically high and in danger of hitting the critical mark of 180. Many people who take blood pressure medication see it as a cure-all that will relieve their symptoms, and as a result, they don’t take any steps to address the factors that are causing high blood pressure in the first place. As a result, they often stay on blood pressure medication for their entire lives.
As the patient, you have the option of refusing medication, though your doctor will only recommend it if he or she believes it is necessary. If you refuse medication, you need to have another plan to get your blood pressure down. Ask your doctor what you can do to lower your blood pressure without taking medication. There will probably be plenty of information and literature on things that you can do. And for a good reason: there are lots of ways to lower your blood pressure naturally.