Q:
 I have high blood pressure.  My last reading was 180/80 and I am not taking any medication.  Is there any  exercises that can help reduce blood pressure and does smoking increase blood pressure.

A:
Exercise in any form will help lower your blood pressure. Walking is the most frequently recommended because it does not require special skills, training, or equipment and it has proven to be effective in helping to lower high blood pressure.  You should be walking at least 30 minutes a day abut 3 -4 times a week.

Smoking increases your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease because of the effects smoking has on blood vessels.  While a person is smoking blood pressure increases temporarily.  Smoking is one of the first things doctors advise against when patients are diagnosed with high blood pressure.

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