Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure
A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association
Published: American Heart Association 22 April 2013
Many antihypertensive medications and lifestyle changes are proven to reduce blood pressure. Over the past few decades, numerous additional modalities have been evaluated in regard to their potential blood pressure–lowering abilities.
However, these nondietary, nondrug treatments, collectively called alternative approaches, have generally undergone fewer and less rigorous trials.
This American Heart Association scientific statement aims to summarize the blood pressure–lowering efficacy of several alternative approaches and to provide a class of recommendation for their implementation in clinical practice based on the available level of evidence from the published literature.
Hypertension is one of the most common disorders, affecting ≈26.4% of the adult population worldwide. It ranks as the leading chronic risk factor for mortality, accounting for 13.5% of all deaths.1,2 Moreover, its prevalence is projected to grow to affect >1.5 billion people by 2025.1,2 Half of all strokes and ischemic heart disease events are attributable to high blood pressure (BP).1,2 Given the monotonic relationship between cardiovascular events and BP even down to optimal levels (115/75 mm Hg), the global hypertension-related public health burden is enormous.3
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