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Health Tip: Lowering Blood Pressure

Maintaining healthy habits is key

(HealthDay News) -- One in four Americans has high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart and kidney diseases, and stroke. Hypertension is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms.

Regardless of race, age or gender, anyone can develop high blood pressure, which usually lasts a lifetime.

You can prevent or control high blood pressure by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute offers these suggestions:

  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lowfat dairy foods.
  • Choose and prepare foods with less salt.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be physically active.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Quit smoking.
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