5 Lifestyle Changes Proven to Reduce High Blood Pressure
Medically reviewed by Daniel Lew, M.D.
Checking your blood pressure at the doctor’s office may seem routine, but knowing if you have high blood pressure can be a matter of life and death. High blood pressure or hypertension, affects 108 million people in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control—that’s nearly one-third of the population.
Hypertension causes structural alterations of the blood vessels throughout your body that lead to narrowing and scarring of the blood vessels, which, in turn, results in poor blood flow to major organs. Having high blood pressure can put you at risk for stroke, heart attack, heart disease, kidney disease, and death; and, most of the time, there are no obvious symptoms until it’s too late.