Worried About Hypertension? 5 Things Dr. Weil Suggests

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Prehypertension – also called “high-normal” blood pressure – affects an estimated 25 percent of American adults, about the same number as those diagnosed with high blood pressure. Prehypertension is systolic pressure between 120 and 139 mmHg over diastolic pressure of 80 to 89 mmHg (hypertension is 140/90 mmHg or higher). To prevent or reduce the risk of prehypertension – which can double the risk of heart disease and stroke – try the following:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight through exercise and diet.
  2. Follow a diet rich in a variety of produce and low in sodium.
  3. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.
  4. Practice relaxing mind-body techniques such as meditation and breath work.
  5. Get regular checkups, and follow your physician’s advice about any health concerns.

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