What should I do if I have high blood pressure?

If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), you can help yourself by doing the following:

  • Have regular medical checkups.
  • Take all your medicines as instructed, even if you are feeling fine.
  • Follow your healthcare provider's recommendations about diet and exercise.
  • Stop smoking, if you are a smoker.
  • Avoid drinking more than one ounce of alcohol a day.
  • Get your whole family involved in your care plan.

Don't hesitate to talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions or problems. If you follow your treatment plan, you can keep your blood pressure controlled and help to prevent serious complications.

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