Besides taking medication, what can I do to control my high blood pressure?

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  • You can maintain healthy blood pressure through changing your lifestyle or by combining lifestyle changes with prescribed medications.

    Key lifestyle changes include the following:
    Have your blood pressure checked regularly. Maintain a normal body weight (body mass index of 18.5-24.9,
          which is kilograms divided by height in meters squared). Keep up physical activity (2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-
          intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking) every week
          and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week
          that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen,
          chest, shoulders, and arms). Follow a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in sodium. Quit smoking. If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation (≤ 2 drinks
          per day for men and ≤ 1 drinks per day for women). If you have high blood pressure and are prescribed medication(s),
          take them as directed.

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