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What are ways to control high blood pressure?

To control your blood pressure, you can do the following:

  • Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active.
  • Follow a heart-healthy eating plan, which includes low-sodium foods.
  • Stop smoking, or never start smoking.
  • Measure and write down your blood pressure reading between doctor visits. This can be done at home, at a grocery store or at a pharmacy kiosk.
  • Use mobile phone applications or e-mail to keep your doctor informed of your blood pressure reading.
  • Take medicine you have been prescribed each day and follow the directions on the bottle.
  • If your blood pressure is still not under control or if you have side effects, talk to your doctor.

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