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Monday, July 14, 2008

10 Ways to Control Your High Blood Pressure

1. Know your blood pressure. Have it checked regularly.
2. Know what your weight should be. Keep it at or below that level.
3. Don't use too much salt in cooking or at meals. Avoid salty foods.
4. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole-grain high-fiber foods according to American Heart Association recommendations.
5. Control alcohol intake. Don't have more than one drink a day if you're a woman or two a day if you're a man.
6. Take your medicine exactly as prescribed. Don't run out of pills even for a single day.
7. Keep appointments with the doctor.
8. Follow your doctor's advice about physical activity.
9. Make certain your parents, brothers, sisters and children have their blood pressure checked regularly.
10. Live a normal life in every other way.
Following the recommendations of your healthcare professionals is essential to lowering your high blood pressure. Contact your nutrition coach at NutritionVista
Normal: 120/80
Pre-hypertension: 139/89
Stage 1 hypertension: 159/99
Stage 2 hypertension: 160/100

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