How to lower blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure, getting stressed out is definitely counterproductive.

But figuring out what’s best for you can be difficult. Here are some resources that provide helpful hints and some peace of mind.

• The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s “Your Guide to Low-

ering Your Blood Pressure” (www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp) is divided into six informative sections: Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure, Detection, Prevention, Treatment and Issues for Women.

• The American Society Hypertension’s free patient’s guide (www.ash-us.org) provides a description of the disorder and explanation of detection and treatments.

• The American Academy of

Family Physicians’ Web site (familydoctor.org) gives clear and concise information on many medical topics. Just type “blood pressure” in the search box and, on the page that comes up, choose the top entry.

• The Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.com)

offers a look at the damage high blood pressure can do. The site lays out the dangers of hypertension and offers a quiz that can help you determine if you’re at risk.

• Marla Heller is a registered dietitian who wrote “The DASH Diet Action Plan: Based on the National Institutes of Health Research: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.” Her book features recipes and meal plans — with adjustments for three daily calorie-intake goals.

• In “Harvard Medical School Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure,” cardiac wellness expert Aggie Casey and Dr. Herbert Benson offer a program that includes nutrition, exercise, stress-reduction and relaxation.

• “Hypertension Cookbook,” by Karen A. Levin, is packed with tips for controlling cholesterol, as well as low-fat, low-calorie recipes and suggestions for healthy snacks.

• The DVD “Yoga and Blood Pressure,” in the Let’s Go series, highlights yoga as a cure for various ailments. Yoga practitioner Avneesh Tiwari presents a simple practice that may help regulate blood pressure.

— copley news service