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High Blood Pressure - Prevention

A heart-healthy lifestyle can help you prevent high blood pressure. These changes are especially important for people who have risk factors for high blood pressure that cannot be changed, including family history, race, or age.

Here are some things you can do:

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Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers

Often wonder what the top and the bottom blood pressure numbers mean? Doctors call them systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number) blood pressure. Knowing both your systolic and diastolic blood pressure numbers is important and could save your life.

Read the Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers article > >

For help with all of these, see the Living With High Blood Pressure section of this topic.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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