NICE reviewed the evidence on lifestyle interventions to control high blood pressure in the 2004 guideline. More recent systematic reviews have confirmed that in randomised controlled trials of predominantly middle-aged patients with mild hypertension statistically significant reductions in blood pressure were found for improved diet and exercise and restriction of intake of alcohol and salt. See following lifestyle article.
Clinicians can make effective very brief interventions on healthy lifestyles. This section contains the brief interventions clinicians can make and training available for brief interventions and motivational interviewing.
The BHF has developed an online programme to help patients with high blood pressure understand their condition and make steady and sustainable healthy lifestyle changes.