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Control your blood pressure

Know your blood pressure. Your heart moves blood through your body. If it is hard for your heart to do this, your heart works harder, and your blood pressure will rise. People with high blood pressure often have no symptoms, so have your blood pressure checked every 1 to 2 years. If you have high blood pressure , your doctor may suggest you make some lifestyle changes, such as eating less salt (DASH Eating Plan) and exercising more. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine to help lower your blood pressure.

Keeping your high blood pressure under control can lower your risk of Heart attack and stroke.  Losing weight, exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet are all ways to help.

Reducing your salt intake is another plus.  If these steps don't lower your blood pressure, your doctor may recommend medicine for you to take.

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