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Follow these guidelines to lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and other serious medical problems:
- Know your blood pressure. Have a trained health professional check your BP regularly. See the ACC/AHA guidelines.
- Get moving. At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week can help lower blood pressure. (Talk with your health care provider before beginning any exercise program)
- Eat healthy. Reduce the amount of salt you eat. Eat more fruits, vegetables and fat-free and low-fat dairy products.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight may raise your BP.
- Control your cholesterol.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Follow your healthcare provider’s advice exactly, especially regarding medication.