If your doctor says you have high blood pressure (also called hypertension), you might wonder why that matters or how to fix it. It’s normal for your blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day, but if it stays high, you are at greater risk of a stroke or heart attack. Most people can’t feel high blood pressure, so it’s important to check it regularly.
The good news is that there are many ways to treat high blood pressure. Losing weight (if needed), eating less sodium, exercising regularly, and limiting alcohol may be enough to get your blood pressure under control. If not, you might also need to take pills. Learn more about high blood pressure and how to treat it.