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How can smoking affect your blood pressure?

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Swearing off cigarettes is probably the single best thing you can do for your heart. It’s good for your health in general, too. Not only does smoke hurt you over the long term, but your blood pressure goes up every time you have a cigarette. Lower your blood pressure and prolong your life by quitting. If you need help getting started, talk to your doctor.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure.”

American Heart Association: “Five Simple Steps to Control Your Blood Pressure,” “Processed Foods: Where is all that salt coming from?” “How Potassium Can Help Control High Blood Pressure,” “Meditation and Heart Health.”

Institute of Medicine: “Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States.”

Heart : “Cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and respiratory changes induced by different types of music in musicians and non‐musicians: the importance of silence.”

Netherlands Heart Journal: “Neurocardiological differences between musicians and control subjects.”

Environmental Health Perspectives : “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.”

Journal of Investigational Dermatology : “UVA irradiation of human skin vasodilates arterial vasculature and lowers blood pressure independently of nitric oxide synthase.”

Harvard Medical School: “Taking blood pressure pills at bedtime may prevent more heart attacks, strokes.”

DashDiet.org: “The DASH Diet Eating Plan.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure.”

American Heart Association: “Five Simple Steps to Control Your Blood Pressure,” “Processed Foods: Where is all that salt coming from?” “How Potassium Can Help Control High Blood Pressure,” “Meditation and Heart Health.”

Institute of Medicine: “Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States.”

Heart : “Cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and respiratory changes induced by different types of music in musicians and non‐musicians: the importance of silence.”

Netherlands Heart Journal: “Neurocardiological differences between musicians and control subjects.”

Environmental Health Perspectives : “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.”

Journal of Investigational Dermatology : “UVA irradiation of human skin vasodilates arterial vasculature and lowers blood pressure independently of nitric oxide synthase.”

Harvard Medical School: “Taking blood pressure pills at bedtime may prevent more heart attacks, strokes.”

DashDiet.org: “The DASH Diet Eating Plan.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 11, 2019

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