Don't blow a gasket; adjust your life

Studies consistently show that

lowering blood pressure

significantly lowers the risk of stroke and also, though less dramatically, the risk of

heart attacks

, heart failure and kidney problems. ¶ Drugs may be necessary sometimes, especially when blood pressure is dangerously high, but other things can help. Maybe you need to exercise a little harder and eat a little less (or sleep a little longer and stress a little less).¶ As you read, bear in mind: The evidence for blood pressure-lowering is stronger for some lifestyle measures than others.

-- articles by Karen Ravn