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One in three people in the UK has high blood pressure (hypertension), however many people are unaware because there are usually no symptoms. High blood pressure increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke. The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to have it checked.

  • What is high blood pressure?

When blood pressure is measured, two numbers are generated. An ideal blood pressure is below 120/80 millimetres of mercury (mmHg). If the first number is above 140 and/or the second number is above 90, this is regarded as high blood pressure.

  • Blood pressure checks

Blood pressure checks are quick and easy and can be life-saving. You can ask your GP or pharmacist to check your blood pressure (not all pharmacies offer this service). You could also consider investing in a home blood pressure monitor.

  • Tips for healthy blood pressure
    • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Stay physically active
    • Reduce the amount of salt in your diet
    • Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily
    • Keep your alcohol consumption within recommended limits
    • Get a good night’s sleep

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