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Living with Hypertension: Take medication as prescribed

 A doctor speaks to a patient as a sphygmomanometer, or blood pressure meter, lies on his desk on September 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.
A doctor speaks to a patient as a sphygmomanometer, or blood pressure meter, lies on his desk on September 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.
Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images

Are you taking medication to treat hypertension? If yes, take medication as prescribed.

 A doctor speaks to a patient as a sphygmomanometer, or blood pressure meter, lies on his desk on September 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.
Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images

Hypertension also known as high blood pressure is the silent killer. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can damage your kidneys and cause a stroke. Also, it can put you at risk of having a heart attack.

Hypertension can become serious and life threatening if left untreated. Here are ways to lower blood pressure levels: discuss treatment options with your doctor, avoid shaking salt on food, follow your doctor's orders, eat low sodium meals and snacks, take medication as prescribed, exercise regularly, use herbs to season food, avoid eating processed foods, avoid drinking high sodium beverages, and reduce stress in your life.

According to Nanette Wenger, M.D. Chief of Cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital, "African Americans will develop it younger in life and their blood elevations are more severe" watch the entire WebMD video "Hypertension: Silent Killer"

Take care of your body: Check your blood pressure regularly, schedule your annual physical exam, exercise daily, eat low sodium foods, drink plenty of water, and reduce stress in your life.

If you are feeling sad, depressed or suicidal schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist or mental health department immediately. Feeling suicidal seek help immediately

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