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Health Tip: Control Your Blood Pressure

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(HealthDay News) -- Uncontrolled high blood pressure is dangerous and could even lead to death, the American Heart Association says.

The AHA offers these suggestions for controlling high blood pressure:

  • Know your numbers and identity your target blood pressure range.
  • Work with your doctor to develop a plan to lower your pressure.
  • Make lifestyle changes -- such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, consuming less salt, getting regular exercise and limiting alcohol.
  • Keep track of your blood pressure at home.
  • Take any blood pressure medication your doctor prescribes.

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