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What does my lifestyle have to do with my blood pressure?

The things you do and the foods you eat have a big effect on your blood pressure and your overall health. Following the right lifestyle can:

  • Lower your blood pressure or keep you from getting high blood pressure in the first place
  • Reduce your need for blood pressure medicines
  • Make medicines for high blood pressure work better, if you do take them
  • Lower the chances that you’ll have a heart attack or stroke, or develop kidney disease