High Blood Pressure

Prevention


Can high blood pressure be prevented? Yes, you can often keep blood pressure low through healthy life choices. Some examples of healthy choices include:  

  • Focus on healthy eating including fresh fruits and vegetables (often rich in potassium and helpful in lowering your blood pressure naturally), lean protein and low-fat dairy. If you are worried about your blood pressure, ask about the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.
  • Cut your sodium intake by lowering how much salt you eat.
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink.
  • Lose weight, if needed, and keep a healthy body weight.
  • Get regular physical activity.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Find stress-busting activities. For example, yoga and meditation have been shown to help lower blood pressure.

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Updated: November 2017 | Published: June 2016
Editorial Team Lead: Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA
Medical Reviewer: John D. Bisognano, MD, PhD, FACC

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