PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
The best way to help prevent left ventricular hypertrophy is to maintain healthy blood pressure. Here are a few tips to better manage your blood pressure:
- Monitor high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, get a home blood pressure measuring device and check your blood pressure frequently. Schedule regular checkups with your doctor. The target for healthy blood pressure is less than 130/80 mm Hg.
- Make time for exercise. Regular exercise helps lower blood pressure and keep it at normal levels. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week.
- Watch your diet. Avoid foods that are high in fat and salt, and eat more fruits and vegetables. Avoid alcoholic beverages or drink them in moderation.
- Quit smoking if you're a smoker. Giving up smoking improves your blood pressure and overall health.
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