7 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure
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High blood pressure can have serious health consequences. Even though you may feel fine, high blood pressure causes progressive organ damage over many years. For instance, it can damage your heart and your kidneys. However, getting the right treatment can bring your blood pressure back to a healthy level. There are many ways to lower blood pressure. Medication is one way. Others involve lifestyle changes. Often it takes both to control high blood pressure. Here's how to get started.

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