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6 Fun Ways to Help Your Heart

  • August 1, 2011
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6 Fun Ways to Help Your Heart

Sex works. So does chocolate. And music. Who said watching your BP had to suck?

By Danielle Braff, Men’s Health

America’s blood pressure is way too high. In fact, nearly one in four men between the ages of 35 and 44 have hypertension, as well as 12 percent of men between 20 and 34, according to the American Heart Association. It’s so bad that the Institute of Medicine is urging the government to start trying to shake salt out of our diet, since too much of this key taste enhancer can cause you to retain water in your blood, which adds volume and boosts blood pressure. This, in turn, exposes you to a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, and even erectile dysfunction. But sodium isn’t the only culprit. Smoking, excessive drinking, inactivity, and bad food choices can also make your arteries burst at the seams. Worse, you may never know what hit you. “Many men don’t pay attention to their blood pressure until they’re older,” says nephrologist George Bakris, M.D., president of the American Society of Hypertension. “But you don’t experience symptoms until it’s very high.”

But there’s good news amid the gloom: Keeping your blood pressure out of the danger zone doesn’t have to be just about restraint. Use our expert advice to find your perfect—perfectly fun—pressure-release valves.

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4:08PM PDT on May 4, 2013

Thanks

1:15PM PDT on May 4, 2013

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1:14PM PDT on May 4, 2013

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7:05AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Lifestyle counts

6:25AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

I will pass on the advice! Thank you!

6:23AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

I will pass on the advice! Thank you!

9:54PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Thanks, I think I can fit in all of these!

11:27AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Thanks

11:51AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

Thanks for the tips

4:06PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

THANKS.

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