How to Lower Your Blood Pressure
Eating right, being active and losing extra pounds can get you on track.
By Ginny Greene, Contributing Editor
High blood pressure is something that many people will develop in their lifetimes. One in every three American adults has this condition, also called hypertension. Untreated high blood pressure can put you at risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease. You may be able to help manage high blood pressure by making some healthy lifestyle changes and, in some cases, taking medication.
If you have high blood pressure, ask your doctor to write down what your target blood pressure level should be. Your target may depend on your age and whether you have other health conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease. Then you and your doctor can develop a plan for bringing your blood pressure down and keeping it at a healthy level.