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Story Updated: Apr 29, 2013
Approximately 67 million Americans have high blood pressureÑthat's 1 in every 3 adults. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...only 47-percent of patients have their blood pressure under control.
So here are five simple tips the CDC suggests to help you lower your blood pressure.
Top of the list If you're overweight...losing a few pounds will do wonders.
You can start by making some changes in your diet. Add more fruits and veggies...and skip the salt.
Number 3-Get moving! Regular exercise helps control blood pressure.
Number 4 -- Say NO to unhealthy lifestyle choices...like smoking and drinking too much alcohol.
And number 5...take your prescribed medicines as directed. Your blood pressure medications can't work if you don't take them.
High blood pressure increases a person's risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and congestive heart failure...but a few lifestyle changes can go a long way towards better health.
I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with news you can use for healthier living.