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An estimated one out of three Americans is facing high blood pressure (hypertension). If your healthcare provider has given you the diagnosis, it's time to get this condition under control. Leaving it untreated can increase your risk of kidney failure, stroke, and other negative consequences.
 
The first step in lowering your blood pressure is to make some lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, following a specific diet, and limiting your alcohol consumption. Certain medications, such as diuretics, beta blockers, and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, can help to lower blood pressure if lifestyle changes alone are not enough.
 
(To learn more about the specific strategies used to treat hypertension, click High Blood Pressure Treatment.)
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