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Love Your Heart: Take Steps To Reduce Heart Risks

Heart disease remains the number one killer of both women and men in the United States. The good news is you have the power to protect and improve your heart health. Research has found that you can lower your risk for heart disease simply by adopting sensible health habits.

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The Salty Stuff: Salt, Blood Pressure and Your Health

Salt is an essential component of our body's fluids, but too much can lead to a host of health problems.

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Keep Your Kidneys Healthy: Catch Kidney Disease Early

Your kidneys are small, but they help keep you healthy. If kidney problems arise, you might not realize it until permanent damage occurs. Learn how to take care of your kidneys and catch problems early.

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AgePage: High Blood Pressure
(National Institute on Aging)
You can have high blood pressure, or hypertension and feel just fine. That’s because high blood pressure does not cause signs of illness that you can see or feel. But high blood pressure, sometimes called "the silent killer," is a major health problem. Learn about high blood pressure numbers, risks, facts, and more.

DASH Eating Plan
(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is a flexible and balanced eating plan. Following the DASH eating plan and eating less sodium (salt) can lower high blood pressure or your risk for the condition.

High Blood Pressure and Children: What Parents Need to Know
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
This brochure explains high blood pressure in children to parents and provides steps to keep their child healthy. The number of children with high blood pressure is growing. The sooner high blood pressure is found in children, the sooner it can be treated.

High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
The kidneys play a key role in keeping a person's blood pressure in a healthy range, and blood pressure, in turn, can affect the health of the kidneys. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, can damage the kidneys and lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD).

High Blood Pressure
(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Information on high blood pressure (hypertension), including causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and more. Also in Spanish.


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