Commercial drivers who present for certification with a normal
BP reading, but who are taking medication for hypertension are certified on the same basis as individuals who present with BPs
in the mild to moderate range.
If your blood
pressure is elevated, speak with your physician about how to
reduce your blood pressure. It may be possible to reduce
your blood pressure by limiting the sodium (salt) in your
diet, losing weight if overweight, taking medication, limiting
your alcohol intake and/or increasing your physical activity.
reducing your blood pressure by lifestyle modification is
preferred, it may be best to utilize medication initially to
reduce the risk for arterial damage and stroke.
Eventually exercise and
diet may permit you to discontinue the medication.