Reducing Your Risk of Hypertension
- If you are overweight, lose weight.
- Avoid heavy alcohol use.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Eat a heart-healthy diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Manage stress.
- Monitor use of pain relievers.
- Consider taking folic acid.
American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.americanheart.org .
Facts about folic acid. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/about.html . Updated March 2009. Accessed September 2, 2009.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ .
9/2/2009 DynaMed Systematic Literature Surveillance DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance : Forman J, Stampfer M, Curhan G. Diet and lifestyle risk factors associated with incident hypertension in women. JAMA . 2009;302(4):401-411.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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