A third of all Americans have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than half of them don’t have their blood pressure under control. This is because many people do not have a primary care physician or health insurance, and because blood pressures are often not routinely measured in doctors’ offices. Everyone should have his or her blood pressure checked routinely, especially those who are overweight or obese, living a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, eating a high-sodium diet, drinking too much alcohol, or frequently feeling stressed. When it comes to hypertension medication, some experimenting may be needed to find the right combination.
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