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Managing Your Weight

One of the most important things you can do to control your blood pressure—and prevent heart disease—is to keep your weight at a healthy level. If you are overweight, you are more than twice as likely to develop high blood pressure than if you maintain a healthy weight. Even if you are only 10 pounds […]

Prevention: A Healthier Lifestyle

By now you’ve gotten the picture: preventing your blood pressure from creeping up, or bringing it down to a desirable level, always begins with healthy choices in many areas of your life. The bene?ts are by no means limited to your blood pressure alone; they also improve your heart health, reduce your chances of stroke […]

Treatment Strategies

Lifestyle changes or medication, or a combination of both, can lower your blood pressure. Lifestyle changes are recommended for everyone with elevated readings of any kind. For many people, the results of losing weight, exercising, limiting salt, and generally adopting a healthy eating plan can be as signi?cant as the use of any single medication. […]

What Your Blood Pressure Reading Means

National guidelines place your blood pressure into one of three categories: normal, prehypertensive, or hypertensive . Normal blood pressure is considered to be less than 120/80 mm Hg. If your blood pressure is equal to or higher than this for two or more readings on different days, you are classi?ed as either prehypertensive or hypertensive. […]

Just What Is Blood Pressure?

As your heart pumps blood through your arteries, the moving blood exerts pressure against the arterial walls. This force is measured as blood pressure. Your blood pressure rises normally in response to many everyday in?uences, such as exercise, caffeine, medications, or stressful situations, and then returns to a normal level. But if the pressure in […]