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What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries. If it is too high over a period of time and not treated you will be more at risk of having a stroke or heart attack.  More than 1 in 4 adults in the UK have high blood pressure (Hypertension), although many don’t realise it.

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Ideal blood pressure numbers

What should my blood pressure be?

As a general guide:

High blood pressure is considered to be 140/90 or higher

Ideal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60 and 120/80

Low blood pressure is considered to be 90/60 or lower


Why is my blood pressure so important?

High blood pressure increases your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. It is also a risk factor for kidney disease, dementia and other illnesses.  If you have a raised blood pressure reading, you should not ignore it. High blood pressure is a serious condition but can be successfully treated.

Tips for lowering your blood pressure

Drink alcohol in moderation

Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis and to spread this over three or more days.

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Eat more fruit and vegetables

These are the best source of potassium in the diet, which helps to lower blood pressure. Try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Don’t forget that frozen, canned and dried varieties count too.

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Stop smoking

To reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.

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Eat less salt

An adult should eat less than 6g of salt a day – just over one teaspoon. Check food labels for salt content, avoid processed foods and don’t add salt to your food.

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Lose weight if you need to

If you lose the excess weight you will probably find that your blood pressure reduces.

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Be active

As we all spend more time at home due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important to keep active.  Moving more can work wonders for both your physical and mental health including help to lower your blood pressure.

For tips, advice and support to get active in and around the home for the whole family click here.


Some people will also need to take medication prescribed by their doctor to lower their blood pressure.

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