Controlling Blood Pressure
When was the last time your blood pressure was checked? About 1 out of every 3 adults has high blood pressure. The good news is you don’t always need a prescription to lower your blood pressure.
According to the American Heart Association, there are some simple lifestyle changes that can lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Check with your doctor if you have questions or need more information about controlling your blood pressure.
1. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline
2. Exercise regularly
3. Eat a healthy diet
4. Reduce the salt in your diet
5. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
6. Avoid tobacco products and second hand smoke
7. Cut back on caffeine
8. Reduce stress
9. Monitor your blood pressure at home and make regular doctor’s appointments
10. Get support from family and friends
A healthy lifestyle can have a tremendous impact on your blood pressure. If you do have high blood pressure, be sure to follow your doctor’s advice and ask about things you can do to make a positive change.
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