What is Blood Pressure
Everyone has 'blood pressure'. It is a measure of how hard your heart has to work in order to pump blood around your body.
Measurement of blood pressure
Two different numbers measure your blood pressure level:
Normal blood pressure levels
The 'normal' level is usually said to be 120 (systolic) over 80 (diastolic), although this varies with age, stress and activity. If your blood pressure is higher than 140/90, you should have a chat with your doctor.
How to find out if your blood pressure is high
A person with high blood pressure can look and feel perfectly OK. There are usually very few obvious symptoms. The only way to tell what your blood pressure is, is to have it measured. So if you haven't had it checked in the last couple of years, get it checked. If you are aged 40 or over, you should get it checked about once a year, especially if you smoke or suffer from obesity or drink to excess.
If you have high blood pressure
The most important thing is, DON'T PANIC! High blood pressure is relatively common and is caused by a variety of factors. Fortunately, it usually responds very well to proper treatment, so like I say - don't worry!
Causes of high blood pressure
Usually, there is no single cause: a variety
of factors are involved.
The effect of high blood pressure
High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. Over time, this can lead to an increased likelihood of heart attacks and strokes.
How to reduce high blood pressure
Family history of high blood pressure
No family history
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