Smart Woman - Tips to Lower Blood Pressure

Published 03/04 2013 08:02AM

Updated 03/04 2013 08:56AM

One in three adults in the U.S. - that's 68 million people - has high blood pressure. It's the primary cause of death for 348,000 Americans each year. Here are three ways to lower your blood pressure right now.
 Sixty-nine percent of people who have their first heart attack, 77 percent of people who have their first stroke, and 74 percent of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure! We have three simple steps to lower yours before it's too late.
Step one: eat soy! Nineteen milligrams of soy a day and you may be able to lower your systolic blood pressure, the top number, by an average of 5.5 millimeters HG. Step two: go easy on the pain killers. A new study shows taking a few doses of NSAIDs, found in ibuprofen, raises systolic blood pressure by five millimeters HG. Step three: listen to slow-paced music. Recent research found that hearing a melodic Mozart during a visit to the doctor lowered blood pressure for an average of 6.5 millimeters HG for forty hypertension patients.
Also, go easy on the salt. Reducing the average population's sodium intake from 3300 MG to 2300 MG per day may reduce cases of high blood pressure by 11 million and save 18 billion dollars spent on health care annually. 

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