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HHS HealthBeat (March 9, 2011)

Lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

More than 800,000 Americans die each year from heart disease, stroke and other blood vessel diseases, and many of those deaths could have been prevented. One key way is by controlling high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Medication can help in many cases, but people can do a lot by themselves, as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, points out:

``You can control your blood pressure and cholesterol by eating healthy – less salt and less fatty foods – and by getting regular physical activity. Physical activity is a wonder drug. Just 20 or 30 minutes a day of walking can make a huge difference.’’ (12 seconds)

The issue is featured in the Vital Signs section of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.


: Keep Your Heart Healthy 

Last revised: May 7, 2011