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Obviously, your primary care physician should discuss with you ways in which you can lower your blood pressure, including possibly taking medications and making lifestyle modifications that include eating healthy and exercising regularly. The result of lifestyle modifications may be to take less medication or no medication at all for those with hypertension (high blood pressure) or those who have elevated blood pressure readings and are "pre-hypertensive." The high blood pressure category, which was updated in 2017, is now 130/80, down from the previous 140/90 category. This stricter standard, which was the first major change to blood pressure guidelines in 14 years, It means that almost half of the adults in the United States have high blood pressure. The number one offender in the American diet when it comes to high blood pressure is sodium, the most common form of which is salt added to foods.

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