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Reported February 1, 2013

3 Simple Steps to Lower Blood Pressure

(Ivanhoe Newswire) - One in three adults in the U.S., that’s 68 million people, has high blood pressure.  It’s the primary cause of death for 348,000 Americans each year. We share three ways to lower your blood pressure right now.

69% of people who have their first heart attack, 77% of people who have their first stroke, and 74% of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure!

We have three simple steps to lower yours before it’s too late. Step one, eat soy!  19 milligrams of soy a day and you may be able to lower your systolic blood pressure, the top number, by an average of 5.5 millimeters hg.

Step two: go easy on the pain killers. A new study shows taking a few doses of NSAIDs, found in ibuprofen, raises systolic blood pressure by five millimeters hg.

Step three: listen to slow-paced music. Recent research found that hearing a melodic Mozart during a visit to the doctor lowered blood pressure for an average of 6.5 millimeters hg for 40 hypertension patients.

Also, go easy on the salt.  Reducing the average population’s sodium intake from 3300 mg to 2300 mg per day may reduce cases of high blood pressure by 11 million and save 18 billion dollars spent on health care annually.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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