High blood pressure invariably has no symptoms but if left untreated can cause heart attacks and strokes. 25% of adults have it and do not know it.

Blood pressure is measured by two numbers; the systolic pressure (top number) is the pressure at which your heart pumps blood around your body, whilst the diastolic pressure (bottom number) is the pressure within your vessels when the heart is relaxed. As a general rule we aim for BP of 140/90 if you suffer from Hypertension but 140/80 if you are diabetic.

Monitor your Blood Pressure at Home
The best way to monitor your blood pressure is taking some reading at home. These readings are often the most accurate, better than those taken at the surgery and more reflective of your real blood pressure. If you do not have a machine consider purchasing one from your onlinelocal supermarket or pharmacy.

Risk of High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can put extra strain on your blood vessels, heart, kidneys and brain. It can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, kidney disease, vascular dementia, aortic aneurysms etc

How to Reduce your Blood Pressure
A simple change in your life style can help reduce your blood pressure such as reducing the amount of salt you eat in your diet, loosing weight by exercising, cut down coffee/caffeine, stop smoking and regular sleep. Also it is essential that you take your medications every day if you are on some.

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