Controlling blood pressure can save your life

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When is the last time you had your blood pressure checked? One in three adults has high blood pressure, which is something that causes nearly 350-thousand deaths each year.

Suzanne Canfield says she has more energy to play with her grandson Oliver now that she's found a way to control her high blood pressure.

"I was 30 pounds heavier, started feeling bad. I lost 30 pounds; I've been off the high blood pressure medication for a couple of years now."

Doctors say high blood pressure is nothing to take lightly.

It can lead to heart attack, stroke and vision problems.

Know the signs.

Headaches, vision problems, a pounding in your chest head and ears and an unusual tired feeling can mean your blood pressure is out of control.

Doctor Joseph Saseen of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science says controlling blood pressure begins with your diet.

"The dash diet, it stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension. It's a diet that's high in fruits and vegetables, high in dairy products and subsequently you have a lot of potassium from dietary sources that's been shown to reduce blood pressure."

Pass on the extra salt. Limit your intake to no more than 1 and a half grams of sodium each day.

A good general rule is try not to put additional table salt on your food.

Get into the habit of reading labels.  Many processed foods have more salt than you should have all day a just one serving.

Research also shows adding just 19 milligrams of soy each day can help.

Go easy on the pain killers. A new study shows taking ibuprofen can slightly raise blood pressure.

Find a peaceful environment and listen to some classical or chill music. Studies show this kind of music can actually lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension.

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