Elevated Blood Pressure Levels
Who Should Get Screened?
- Lose excess weight.
- Increase physical activity to at least 30 minutes most days of the week. First, get your doctor’s approval to make sure you are healthy enough for regular exercise.
- Eat a healthy diet. Include food that is low in fat and cholesterol and rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Reduce your daily salt intake.
- Limit alcohol use. This means no more than two drinks a day for men or one for women.
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Canadian Cardiovascular Society http://www.ccs.ca
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://www.heartandstroke.com
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2014 -
- Update Date: 00/11/2014 -