The nurse is providing education at a senior center. Which of the following measures will the nurse say is most effective in attaining normal blood pressure in a client with hypertension?

  • eating red meat daily
  • increasing potassium and calcium intake
  • increasing fluid intake
  • decreasing sodium intake
Number 4 is correct.
Decreasing sodium intake is an effective way to reduce blood pressure in a client with hypertension. Eating red meat daily, increasing potassium and calcium intake, and increasing fluid intake are not measures that affect blood pressure readings.