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The treatment of high blood pressure comprises a range of changes to lifestyle as well as medication. The changes in the lifestyle are simple and add up toa modern healthy diet; most important is to reduce salt and to reduce any excess weight. If you have highcholesterol then you should diet to reduce this to a recommended level. It may also be recommended to reduceexcessive alcohol intake and, of course, to stop smoking. These measures are often enough to reduce blood pressure by about 5% as well as considerably reducing the associated risks from high blood pressure and so are recommended for people who just have moderately raised hypertension.

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