Older Hispanics Can Prevent High Blood Pressure

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Lowering High Blood Pressure

Almost half of Hispanics over age 65 have high blood pressure, but many don't know they have it because they feel just fine. Even though high blood pressure doesn't cause symptoms, it is a major health risk, and if it isn't treated, it can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, and other serious health problems. The good news is that there are ways to prevent high blood pressure and the trouble it can cause. If you already have high blood pressure, there are ways to prevent or treat its complications.

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High blood pressure is not a normal part of aging. You can prevent high blood pressure by maintaining a healthy weight; exercising every day; eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods; cutting down on salt and sodium; and drinking less alcohol. You can lower your blood pressure by making these lifestyle changes and, if needed, by taking medicine.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is offering a free fact sheet in Spanish with tips on how to control high blood pressure. To order a copy of Presi

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