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Your heart moves blood through your body. If it is hard for your heart to do this, your heart works harder and your blood pressure will rise. People with high blood pressure often have no accompanying symptoms, so have your blood pressure checked every one to two years. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may suggest you make some lifestyle changes, such as eating less salt (see DASH Diet) and exercising more. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine to help lower your blood pressure.
 
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Lifestyle Changes as a Part of Heart Disease Prevention

Choosing a healthy lifestyle can help you reduce the risk of coronary heart disease or minimize its damage. Aspects of a healthy lifestyle important for the prevention of heart disease include:
 

Medications Used to Prevent Heart Disease

As part of a heart disease prevention plan, medications may be needed in addition to making lifestyle changes. Some medications decrease the workload on your heart and relieve your symptoms. Others decrease your chance of having a heart attack or sudden death, and prevent or delay the need for a special procedure (such as angioplasty or bypass surgery). By controlling your risk factors with lifestyle changes and medications, you may prevent or slow down the development of coronary artery disease.
 
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