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posted: November 30, 2006

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Timely Tip: 10 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure continues to wrack the U.S. population, both at middle age and among our elderly. But vigilance on the part of caregivers – for themselves and their loved ones – can help get blood pressure under control and keep it there.

Follow these 10 steps, as reported in the Harvard Heart Letter, to avoid a big problem later:

  1. Check it. You can’t do much about your blood pressure unless you know what it is. Your doctor should check it at every visit. Measuring at home between visits is even better.
  2. Get moving. Exercise can lower blood pressure by 10 points, prevent the onset of high blood pressure, or let you reduce your dosage of blood pressure medications.
  3. Eat right. A diet for better blood pressure emphasizes fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts.
  4. Control your weight. If you are overweight, losing weight can lower your blood pressure.
  5. Don’t smoke. Smoking a cigarette can cause a 20-point spike in systolic blood pressure.
  6. Drink alcohol in moderation. Going beyond a drink a day can contribute to higher blood pressure.
  7. Shake up your salts. Too much sodium and too little potassium can boost blood pressure. Aim for less than 1.5 grams of sodium a day, and at least 4.7 grams of potassium from fruits and vegetables.
  8. Sleep is good. Chronic lack of sleep can contribute to high blood pressure. Get at least six hours a night.
  9. Reduce stress. Mental and emotional stress can raise blood pressure. Meditation and deep breathing can lower it.
  10. Stick with your medications. Taking medication can keep you from having a stroke or heart attack.

-- Source: Harvard Heart Letter

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