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From: Dr. Neal Pinckney (
Subject:         Re: Thickening of heart wall
Date: September 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm PST

In Reply to: Thickening of heart wall posted by Tom Pronesti on September 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm:

For most people, regular daily aerobic exercise and a low fat plant-based diet are usually enough to bring down blood pressure. For many people lowering salt intake is also essential.

Sodium consumption can be very high a person eats out frequently or consumes packaged, canned and processed foods. Reading labels and keeping sodium to less than 100 mg for each 100 calories can be the key.

Some studies have shown that eating ginger, garlic and dark chocolate help reduce hypertension. But the amount one has to eat is much greater than what most people can comfortably tolerate, and chocolate contains too much sugar and fat to be anything more than a small-portion occasional treat.

You could try to increase the intensity and duration of your daily exercise, carefully monitor salt intake and then see if your blood pressure is reduced.

If the above doesn't do it, you may be one of those, often with an inherited condition, who find the only way to control hypertension, along with diet and exercise, is with medication.

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