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My Plan To Prevent or Control High Blood Pressure

Your Choice for Change - Honoring the Gift of Heart Health for American Indians

Section Three - Help Your Heart! Control Your High Blood Pressure

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Check two or three things you will do. Add more things over time.

1. Add Spice—Not Salt—to Your Life

_____ Season foods with herbs and spices like garlic, cilantro, pepper, oregano, and onion instead of salt.

_____ Eat more fruits and vegetables instead of salty snacks.

2. Take Heart. Try to:

_____ Lose weight if you are overweight.

_____ Eat smaller portions—do not go back for a second serving.

vGet 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days.

_____ Limit alcohol.

3. If You Have High Blood Pressure:

_____ Have your blood pressure checked often.

_____ Take your medicines the way your doctor tells you.

Your health and your family's health are priceless. Make an investment in it!

Questions to ask the doctor about high blood pressure medicine:
Name of medicine(s): _____________________________________________

Amount of medicine to take: ________________________________________

When to take it: __________________________________________________

What to eat or drink with it: __________________________________________

If you can take other medicines safely at the same time:   _____ yes    _____ no

If problems occur, call this number immediately: _________________________

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NIH Publication No. 08-6340
June 2008

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