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Controlling Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Could Lower Risk of Heart Attack

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According to a new report issued by the CDC and published in a recent issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Americans need to do more to cut hypertension.? The details of the report indicate that well over half of the adults who suffer from high cholesterol and high blood pressure aren?t taking the necessary steps to reduce those major risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

There are a number of simple steps that can be taken to reduce a patient?s risk of cardiovascular disease, starting with following the advice of a health care provider.? Your health care provider may make simple suggestions for alterations to your diet that will help manage weight and cholesterol.? He or she might suggest increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables and limiting foods and beverages that are high in fat, high in salt and high in sugar.

Increasing daily activity or participation in a structured exercise program can also help to manage cholesterol, weight and blood pressure and help to improve cardiovascular health.? Your health care provider may also suggest taking nutritional supplements or possibly even prescription medications to get the risk factors for cardiovascular disease under control.

Despite the fact that the numbers are improving slightly, heart disease is still the number one killer in America.? By closely adhering to the advice of health care providers and taking the simple steps mentioned above many Americans could reduce their risk of heart disease and improve their quality of life.

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