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Life Lessons: How to lower your blood pressure

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 10 2013 04:27:55 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 10 2013 07:09:14 AM CDT

Tips for keeping blood pressure down

Studies show one in four adults in this country has high blood pressure.

It's the primary cause of death for thousands of people every year. It has been called a silent killer because many people don't know they have it.

Doctors say as we age, we should know what our blood pressure is and try to keep it in normal ranges. And it turns out, there are a few things you can do to prevent high blood pressure.

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.

Researchers say there are 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 h-g.

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 h-g.

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 h-g for 40 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 spent on health care annually.