Health Tip: Lower Your Blood Pressure

(HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure increases a person's risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and congestive heart failure.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this advice for people whose pressure is too high:

  • Cut back on salt in your diet, and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables.

  • Get plenty of regular exercise.

  • Lose weight if you're overweight or obese.

  • Don't smoke, and limit alcohol intake.

  • Take any prescribed blood pressure medication as directed. Talk to your doctor if you have side effects from any medication.