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Advice on lowering blood pressure

An article on Money Talks News outlines ways to lower your blood pressure without medications.

One in three Americans suffer from high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, which the article describes as a “silent killer.” Although it can cause heart attacks and stroke, the condition can also damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other body parts in people who may have it for years and not know it.

The article notes that although alternate solutions are less expensive, medication is still cheaper than the long-term costs and complications of untreated high blood pressure.

Some blood pressure medications carry possible health risks in themselves. Two clinical drug trials have prompted a U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into whether a blood pressure drug called Benicar increases the risk of heart-related deaths. And a recent Mayo Clinic report has also linked Benicar to stomach problems including chronic diarrhea, vomiting, intestinal inflammation and weight loss.

The Money Talks News article offers the following suggestions for reducing blood pressure:

Limiting sodium. Government dietary guidelines say adults should limit their daily sodium intake to 2,300 mg. But that number drops to 1,500 mg. for people with hypertension, diabetes, or chronic liver disease; children; adults over age 50; and African-Americans.

Eat enough potassium, which helps lower blood pressure. The recommended daily intake for adults is 4,700 mg.

Keep your weight down, because blood pressure tends to increase as weight does.

This above article is for information purposes only as it relates to possible litigation, and is not intended for medical advice. Please consult a doctor if you have questions about your health.

You should consult with a doctor if you have any ongoing symptoms or health concerns, and before making any changes in medication. You should also consult with a lawyer if you have injuries connected with Benicar.

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