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Preventing Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure

 

How can I prevent heart disease and high blood pressure?

Prevention is key! The best way to treat it is to beat it before it starts. You can lower your risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease by making healthy choices today. 

  • If you smoke, stop. Tobacco can damage not just your lungs, but your heart and blood vessels, too! 
  • Limit alcohol intake. Too much alcohol can be bad for your cholesterol and blood pressure. 
  • Change your diet. Add more fresh fruits and vegetables, limit sugary drinks, and eat foods with less salt. Find ways to improve your diet.
  • Exercise! Being overweight can raise your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.  
  • Get your blood pressure checked regularly. Read more about high blood pressure and how it can lead to heart disease.
  • See your physician. Health care professionals can screen you for diseases, evaluate your risk for heart disease, and monitor healthy lifestyle changes.

 

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