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6 Tips to Lower High Blood Pressure

6 Tips to Lower High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, often causes few or no symptoms. Left untreated, however, it can weaken your arteries and damage your heart.

If you have high blood pressure, you are not alone. Find out more about hypertension causes and treatment options here.

Healthy lifestyle choices, such as changing your diet and increasing your activity level, can help you control your blood pressure. In some cases, heart-healthy habits may help prevent the onset of hypertension. If your blood pressure is already high, changing some of your habits may be enough to manage the condition. Even if you need medication, the tips below can enhance the effectiveness of your medication and are good for your overall heart health.

Here are 6 things you can do to help lower blood pressure:

  1. Follow a heart-healthy diet. Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Limit sodium and saturated fat.
  2. Lose weight. Losing just 5-10 pounds can reduce stress on the heart muscle and boost heart health.
  3. Stay active. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity five days a week.
  4. Manage stress. Stress hormones constrict blood vessels and make the heart beat faster.
  5. Limit alcohol. The American Heart Association recommends no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
  6. Take medications as prescribed. If your doctor recommends medication to control your high blood pressure, follow instructions carefully.

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