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What's the fastest way to safely lower my blood pressure?

Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

Updated on November 29th, 2022

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So, you have visited the doctor and been informed that your blood pressure is high. You really don't want to start taking maintenance medications, but the doctor has told you if you do not get it down before your next visit, that might be your only option. That may leave you asking the question, "What's the Fastest Way to Safely Lower My Blood Pressure?" Read here to find out more and how to control it if it gets too high.

What is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is a condition in which the blood travels around your body with too much force. It is also called hypertension. This puts excess pressure on the walls of your veins and arteries and can lead to negative side effects, including heart problems, aneurysms, and strokes.

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

Like many health problems, genetics greatly determines whether you will develop high blood pressure. Regardless of your genetic makeup, you can help prevent or control high blood pressure in these ways:

  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Eat a varied and healthy diet
  • Avoid salt
  • Don't drink alcohol in excess
  • Don't smoke
  • Get plenty of exercise on a regular basis

How To Lower Your Blood Pressure Quickly

Without medication or other medical treatments, the lifestyle changes listed above are the only effective way to lower your blood pressure. While these changes will lower your blood pressure over time, they may not happen quickly enough to satisfy you or your doctor. If you return to your doctor and your blood pressure is still too high, they will likely prescribe medications to get it down quicker before more damage is done to your circulatory system, heart, brain, or other organs.

Several types of drugs can be used to help lower your blood pressure more quickly and effectively than lifestyle changes alone. These types include diuretics, beta-blockers, ACE Inhibitors, and vasodilators. Some examples of each:


These work by helping the body get rid of excess water. The reduction in fluid helps to lower your blood pressure.

Beta Blockers

These slow down your heart rate and make each contraction less powerful.

ACE Inhibitors

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors work by blocking angiotensin I converting into angiotensin II, which ultimately increases blood pressure.


These relax the walls of the blood vessels to allow blood to flow more freely.

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