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What are lifestyle tips for lowering blood pressure to help prevent heart failure?

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Eat a healthy diet, don't smoke, and get exercise to help lower your BP. Have heart failure? You'll probably need to take medicine, too. Your doctor may prescribe a beta-blocker, an ACE inhibitor, or an angiotensin II receptor blocker.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Heart and Artery Damage and High Blood Pressure;" "Lifestyle Changes for Heart Failure;" "Prevention and Treatment of High Blood Pressure;" and  "What is High Blood Pressure?"

Blood Pressure UK: "Heart Failure and High Blood Pressure."

Manickavasagam, S. Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy, 2009.

Stacey Rosen, MD, a cardiologist at Northwell Health in New York and Vice President of Women's Health, Katz Institute for Women's Health, Northwell Health.

Texas Heart Institute: "Heart Failure."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Heart and Artery Damage and High Blood Pressure;" "Lifestyle Changes for Heart Failure;" "Prevention and Treatment of High Blood Pressure;" and  "What is High Blood Pressure?"

Blood Pressure UK: "Heart Failure and High Blood Pressure."

Manickavasagam, S. Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy, 2009.

Stacey Rosen, MD, a cardiologist at Northwell Health in New York and Vice President of Women's Health, Katz Institute for Women's Health, Northwell Health.

Texas Heart Institute: "Heart Failure."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on October 29, 2017

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