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High blood pressure, also [known / knowing] as hypertension, is the leading preventable cause of heart disease. It [affects / effects] an estimated 1.3 billion people worldwide. New guidelines from the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) [include / inclusive] meditating for 45 minutes [whole / each] day to reduce blood pressure. The ISH says "body and [mind / mend] " goals should be [enlisted / adopted] in conjunction with established [advise / advice] , like cutting down [on / in] salt, limiting alcohol intake, and exercising regularly. Study author Dr Bryan Williams told the BBC: "It all sounds like it is a bit…[fluffy / fluff] , but these things make such an important contribution to reducing the effects of stress on the cardiovascular system, and the evidence is [accumulation / accumulating] ."

Hypertension is often referred [by / to] as the "silent killer" because it rarely [presents / gifts] symptoms. High blood pressure increases the [risqué / risk] of heart disease, heart failure, and [strike / stroke] . It kills approximately 10 million people every year. Nearly half of Americans and 30 percent of people worldwide struggle [at / with] it. Dr Williams said: "There's so much people can do for themselves. All of us [needy / need] to take a step back and…[decompress / compost] and just relax." The American Heart Association also says meditating can help to lower blood pressure [thorough / through] "thoughtful awareness" or "restful [alerts / alertness] ." The association reports that many studies show that "[quieting / quitting] the brain" benefits the cardiovascular system.

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