Chapter 8

Combating High Blood Pressure

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding high blood pressure and its relationship to other diseases

arrow Linking high blood pressure to lifestyle and genetic issues

arrow Lowering blood pressure with lifestyle modifications

arrow Partnering with your physician to combat high blood pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is quite common in the United States. About one-third of the adult population — more than 67 million people — suffer from high blood pressure. Furthermore, as you grow older, you’re more likely to have high blood pressure. At some point, almost everyone will develop high blood pressure. But don’t despair. You fortunately can take great strides to prevent high blood pressure in the first place. If you have hypertension, you can control it working in partnership with your physician. By preventing or controlling high blood pressure, you can lower your risk of heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, and many other serious conditions associated with the damage it causes to your arteries and organs. An added bonus: You’ll benefit from enhanced physical ...

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