Elevations in blood pressure have been associated with long-term steroid use. That's why you should have your blood pressure checked regularly: the recommended goal for most people is no higher than 120/80 mm Hg.

In addition, you can take steps to help prevent the development of hypertension, such as lowering your salt intake (the American Heart Association recommends no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day), engaging in regular exercise and drinking only light to moderate amounts of alcohol.

If these efforts fail to keep your blood pressure under control, treatment with antihypertensive medication may be necessary.

Publication Review By: Peter B. Terry, M.D., M.A.

Published: 20 Jun 2013

Last Modified: 20 Jun 2013