High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure also called hypertension affects millions of people increasing the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart failure.

The only way for you to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it measured. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms.

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High blood pressure causes strain on the blood vessels carrying blood around your body. This strain can cause vessels to become clogged up or to weaken, and this can lead to narrow blood vessels and clots that can cause damage to the heart or brain. Having blood pressure that is too high can also cause heart and kidney failure.

Most people with consistently high readings (140/90mmHg or above) are considered to have high blood pressure

Whether you have high blood pressure, or a normal blood pressure, it is important to realise that the higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of heart disease or stroke. This means that all of us should be adopting a lifestyle that will help to lower our blood pressure whether we have high blood pressure or not.

High blood pressure when left untreated can cause heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. This website in the UK examines the various causes of the condition such as stress, smoking, drinking and an unhealthy diet, and gives clear and practical advice about how to change your lifestyle

How can I lower my blood pressure?

Once you begin to make lifestyle changes to help lower and control your blood pressure your understanding of the condition will improve. In addition to prescription drugs and medicines there are many things you can do now to help lower your blood pressure.

High blood pressure can be treated and there are many things that you can do to help lower your high blood pressure. To see the impact on lowering your blood pressure by changes in your lifestyle, diet and medicines many people find encouragement in regularly measuring their own blood pressure with automatic digital home blood pressure monitors.

For all of us leading a healthy lifestyle means taking regular exercise, healthy eating – a diet low in fat and salt and high in fruit and vegetables, being the right weight for your height, drinking sensibly and not smoking. If you follow these guidelines your risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the future is very small.

Latest news …. research published in the British Medical Journal has revealed that people who monitor their own blood pressure at home have better blood pressure control more…

Follow this link for a free copy of the excellent information fact sheet Measuring your blood pressure at home available on the Blood Pressure Monitoring UK website.

Each year in September, the Blood Pressure UK co-ordinates the national blood pressure testing awareness week – “Know Your Numbers“. Thousands of volunteers join in to operate Pressure Stations throughout the UK and along with the support of the BPA’s Members help to raise media and public awareness and generate an interest and understanding of high blood pressure.