Here are some ways to lower blood pressure

If your blood pressure levels were normal at your last doctor’s visit, you may want to schedule another appointment.

140 over 80, which was once considered to be the high blood pressure threshold, is now a thing of the past. The CDC has lowered that number to 130 over 80 -- and for good reason.

The chances of you having a heart attack or stroke are doubled at 130 over 80 compared to the optimal blood pressure which is 120 over 80.

75 million Americans were already struggling with high blood pressure prior to the change. But with the new CDC guidelines, an additional 4.2 million people have been added to this number.

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15. Idaho

Overall score: 0.356

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14. Rhode Island

Overall score: 0.422

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13. New York

Overall score: 0.430

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12. Nebraska

Overall score: 0.432

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11. North Dakota

Overall score: 0.473

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10. Colorado

Overall score: 0.559

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9. New Jersey

Overall score: 0.571

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8. Utah

Overall score: 0.578

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7. Washington

Overall score: 0.582

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6. New Hampshire

Overall score: 0.696

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5. Vermont

Overall score: 0.709

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4. Minnesota

Overall score: 0.727

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3. Connecticut

Overall score: 0.747

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2. Massachusetts

Overall score: 0.760

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1. Hawaii

Overall score: 0.905

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But there is something you can do. Lifestyle changes are the way to go. What you eat, how much you exercise and how you respond to stress all play roles in improving your overall health.

According to TODAY, Adding the Eat This, Not That! approved list of blood pressure-lowering foods to your regular routine and educating yourself on how each food affects your body will take your numbers from dismal to stellar in no time.

Foods rich in fiber and beta-carotene like mangoes are effective in lowering blood pressure.

Some foods give you a two-for-one special like Carrots because they are rich in both Fiber and beta-carotene as well as Vitamin C, which contains a potent antioxidant that has been shown to improve cardiac function and lower blood pressure.

And a 3-for-one special if you like Kale and tomatoes. Kale is rich in fiber, beta-carotene, Vitamin C and Quercetin, which is an effective antihypertensive, and tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C, Quercetin and Lycopene, which reduces blood pressure.

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36. Florida

Overall score: -0.307

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37. Missouri

Overall score: -0.338

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38. New Mexico

Overall score: -0.363

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39. Indiana

Overall score: -0.372

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40. Ohio

Overall score: -0.391

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41. Georgia

Overall score: -0.464

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42. South Carolina

Overall score: -0.531

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43. West Virginia

Overall score: -0.595

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44. Tennessee

Overall score: -0.626

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45. Kentucky

Overall score: -0.651

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46. Oklahoma

Overall score: -0.691

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47. Alabama

Overall score: -0.793

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48. Arkansas

Overall score: -0.834

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49. Louisiana

Overall score: -1.043

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50. Mississippi

Overall score: -1.123

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