Cheers to you if you have normal blood pressure because it's not so common anymore.
According to the CDC, one third of all Americans (that's roughly 68 million people) have blood pressure above normal (that's above 120/80). Having elevated blood pressure puts the body at higher risk for a stroke and heart attack among other conditions.
I know many people with high blood pressure (or hypertension) and I bet you do, too. There are several things that we may do on a daily basis that can raise or lower blood pressure. Yes, you can avoid or greatly decrease sodium intake, stop smoking and take blood pressure lowering medications as prescribed -- but perhaps what you didn't know is there is way more you can do or not do to improve your vascular health. Here are a few...
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