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Lifestyle: Making lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure
Q. How else can I reduce my risk of heart attacks and strokes?
A. High blood pressure increases your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke in the future. But there are at least two other factors that can increase our risk of these health problems: smoking and having a high cholesterol level. They do not raise our blood pressure, but they do damage our arteries and, combined with high blood pressure, will increase our risk of health problems even more.
The good news is that both these risk factors can be fixed through changing our lifestyles.
Giving up smoking and cutting out saturated fats (animal fats such as butter and cheese) from your diet may not be easy, but they will have a very positive effect on your future health. In fact, making these changes may dramatically reduce your risk of developing heart disease or a stroke in later life.
For more on the effects of cholesterol and saturated fats, please see our Saturated fats page on our main site.