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SPR 2018

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10 10 H E A LT H Y S P I R I T S P R I N G 2 0 1 8 w w w . s a m c . c o m Preventive Health "In general, the majority of the high blood pressure in this country is classified as essential hypertension," says Cardiologist Robert Bennett, MD, of Saint Agnes Care. "That means there's no obvious cause for it. But we think the majority of it is due to lifestyle, in particular your diet," he says. While a number of factors up your risk of atherosclerosis, stroke and heart disease, gaining control of your blood pressure is a first step in helping to reduce the risk. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a diet rich in fruits, Have high blood pressure? 10 Don't eat this vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and fish to keep blood pressure in the healthy range. Following the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which includes all of these foods, is one easy way to stay on track. According to Dr. Bennett, "the DASH diet has been shown to be effective from a scientific standpoint." Knowing what to eat is one thing— but there are certain foods that can elevate your blood pressure more so than others. Read on to learn more about Bennett's top foods to avoid. If you have high blood pressure, you're likely aware that the foods you eat (or don't eat) can affect your blood pressure—but you may not know just how important a role your diet plays. Robert Bennett, MD, Cardiologist, Saint Agnes Care

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