Lifestyle and home remedies
The DASH diet can control blood pressure and offer other health benefits. Here's how to make it a part of your healthy lifestyle.
Avoid the potential pitfalls of restaurant dining by watching out for hidden fat, excess salt and heaping portions.
The DASH diet doesn't have to be difficult. These tips can help you shop and cook according to DASH diet principles.
The DASH diet emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. This table of recommended servings can help you plan meals.
Tests and diagnosis
You may have a blood pressure test as a part of a routine doctor's appointment or to check for high blood pressure or heart disease.
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