Hypertension: Therapeutic approach to weight loss, exercise, and salt intake

Robert N. Butler, Phyllis August, Keith C. Ferdinand, Robert A. Phillips, Edward J. Roccella

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Ideal body weight is difficult to achieve, but losing 10 lbs may be beneficial in controlling high blood pressure. Patients are more likely to exercise if they enjoy the activity, establish a routine, and exercise with a friend. Older Americans consume a lot of processed foods, the source of 80% of dietary salt. Most older African-Americans, especially those with obesity and type 2 diabetes, are salt-sensitive. Four steps to successful patient education are: 1) tell patients their blood pressure readings; 2) tell them about their medications and potential side effects; 3) provide culturally- sensitive printed materials; 4) use video tapes to educate all new patients and those with compliance problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-54
Number of pages13
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 25 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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