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Understanding High Blood Pressure -- Prevention

Can High Blood Pressure Be Prevented?

You can prevent high blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease by making a few changes in your lifestyle. Follow these tips:

  • Watch what you eat. Stay away from salt and saturated fats, concentrating 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.
  • Get plenty of exercise. Regular aerobic workouts condition the heart and keep blood vessels dilated and working properly.
  • If you are overweight, try to trim down. Even a small weight reduction can make a big difference.
  • If you smoke or consume alcohol excessively, now is the time to stop.

 

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Heart-Healthy Diet and Exercise

Your doctor says you need to make some changes in your life: Start a heart-healthy diet, exercise a little, stop smoking, and more. You also walked away with some medication to take. Perhaps you're wondering: Why can't medicine alone do the trick? Does lifestyle really make a difference?

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on May 06, 2013

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