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Five Surprising Facts About High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can hurt you.

According to the CDC, high blood pressure affects nearly half of the adult population in the United States, yet many people who have the condition don’t know they have it.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death in the United States.

High blood pressure is treatable and preventable.

Almost every case of high blood pressure is treatable and preventable. To lower your risk, get your blood pressure checked regularly and take action to control your blood pressure if it is high.

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Five surprising facts about high blood pressure:

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Tips and recommendations for everyone

Living a healthy lifestyle can help you keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. A healthy lifestyle includes:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting enough physical activity
  • Not smoking
  • Limiting alcohol use
  • A diet reduced in sodium
  • Stress management
  • Taking your medications (especially blood pressure medication)

Learn more about steps that you can take to prevent high blood pressure.

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