- Can high blood pressure (BP) be cured?
There is no cure for high BP,1 but lifestyle modifications such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, eating less salt (ie, sodium-containing foods), getting sufficient rest, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake can help keep your BP under control.
However, if your high BP is caused by another health problem (ie, secondary high BP), getting rid of your high BP is possible if the underlying cause is treated successfully.1
- Are BP medications addictive or harmful to my body?
Blood pressure medications are not addictive. They help lower your BP and maintain it at a stable range as long as you continue the medications. Your BP will go back up if you stop taking them. Some medications, however, may cause side effects such as light–headedness or dizziness. Talk with your doctor if you have any concerns about the medications you are taking.2,3
- Can I stop my medications if my BP readings have returned to normal?
Once you start your treatment, it is likely that you will be taking your medications for the rest of your life, even if your BP is under control. This is to prevent your BP from rising again or becoming higher. Good control of BP is important to prevent its complications.4
- How often do I need to see my doctor?
It is advisable for you to see your doctor on a regular basis (at least once a month for poorly controlled high BP, or once in every 3–6 months for those whose BP is under control, ie, less than 140/90 mmHg).5