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Chapter 1: Managing high blood pressure Untreated high blood pressure can, over the course of years, translate to hardening of the arteries, or damage to the kidneys or heart. If you have hypertension or pre-hypertension, you can lower your blood pressure by making changes to your lifestyle. Your healthcare provider can help you determine what changes you need to make and how to make them. For healthy adults, these are the elements of a healthy lifestyle: 77 Not smoking or quitting smoking if you do smoke. 77Maintaining a health weight, or a body mass index below 25. (See Chapter 5.) 77Getting at least 30 minutes of moderately strenuous physical activity most days. 77 Buy low-salt or salt-free commercially prepared foods, and use little or no table salt. Sodium is added to commercially processed or prepared foods and is in table salt. 14


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