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Blood pressure is serious – but also controllable.

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month, when people are encouraged to get their blood pressure checked regularly and to look at various lifestyle factors that may be contributing to high blood pressure. Because high blood pressure can shorten life expectancy and cause some serious health problems – many of which are also avoidable. Read on!

Did you know … ?

High blood pressure can cause or lead to health problems.

Blood pressure higher than 130/80 mm Hg is considered high blood pressure, or hypertension – which damages blood vessels and can cause serious, possibly deadly health conditions, including:

Have your blood pressure checked at each healthcare provider visit.

What treatments have proven effective for high blood pressure?

Healthy eating and lifestyle changes are often the first treatments for hypertension because they have a big effect on blood pressure. In fact, the Mayo Clinic recommends these 10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication:

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