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Understanding High Blood Pressure -- Prevention

You can prevent high blood pressure and lower your odds of getting heart disease by making a few changes in your lifestyle. Follow these four tips:

1. Watch what you eat. Stay away from salt and saturated fats. Focus instead on foods that are high in fiber, calcium, and magnesium. A healthy diet consists of lots of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products.

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Exercise Tips for Those With High Blood Pressure

Making exercise a habit can help lower your blood pressure. It also gives you more energy and is a great way to ease stress and feel better. Check in with your doctor first if you're not already active now. They'll make sure you're ready for exercise. Since an active lifestyle is good for your blood pressure, your doctor will likely be all for it. You can do any activity you like, and you don't need to go to a gym. As long as you're moving around and making your heart beat a little faster or breathing...

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2. Get plenty of exercise. Regular aerobic workouts condition the heart and keep blood vessels working properly. It's also wise to be as active as possible throughout your day, apart from your workout.

3. If you’re overweight, try to trim down. Even shedding a few pounds can make a big difference.

4. If you smoke or drink a lot of alcohol, now’s the time to stop. Your doctor can give you advice about the most effective ways to do that.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on February 28, 2015

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