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How can you control your blood pressure?

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When it's too high, your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body. This extra strain may weaken your heart even more.

Your goal is a healthy blood pressure of 120 over 80. Bring down your numbers with diet, exercise, weight loss, and blood pressure medicines if you need them.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Causes of Heart Failure," "Prevention and Treatment of High Blood Pressure," "Warning Signs of Heart Failure," "What is Heart Failure?"

Heart Failure Matters: "Adjusting Your Diet: Alcohol," "What are the Different Types of Heart Failure?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Does Smoking Affect the Heart and Blood Vessels?" "How is Heart Failure Treated?"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

News release, American Heart Association, 2016.

Page, R.L. , August 2016. Circulation

Ponikowski, P. May 2016. European Heart Journal,

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 26, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Causes of Heart Failure," "Prevention and Treatment of High Blood Pressure," "Warning Signs of Heart Failure," "What is Heart Failure?"

Heart Failure Matters: "Adjusting Your Diet: Alcohol," "What are the Different Types of Heart Failure?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Does Smoking Affect the Heart and Blood Vessels?" "How is Heart Failure Treated?"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

News release, American Heart Association, 2016.

Page, R.L. , August 2016. Circulation

Ponikowski, P. May 2016. European Heart Journal,

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 26, 2017

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