Reducing Your Risk of Hypertension
Eat a Heart Healthy Diet
- Substitute red meats with chicken or other lean meats.
- Have fruits and/or vegetables with every meal.
- Eat oily fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids twice a week, and limit excess carbohydrates.
Lose Excess Weight
Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation
Medication and Supplements
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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