6 Easy Ways To Prevent & Control High Blood Pressure

man exercise restAnyone can develop high blood pressure. Chances are you may have high blood pressure or know someone with this common but serious condition. The good news is that high blood pressure can be prevented, and in the majority of patients who already have this condition, it can be controlled.

Factors associated with high blood pressure include a family history of the condition; a diet high in salt; not getting enough exercise; stress; some sleep disorders; and drinking too much alcohol. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider if you have any of these factors. You should also:

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  • Follow a healthy diet. Limit the amount of salt and alcohol that you consume. The NHLBI’s Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan promotes healthy eating.
  • Be active. Regular physical activity can lower blood pressure and reduce your risk for other health problems.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Staying at a healthy weight can help you control high blood pressure and reduce your risk for other health problems.