High Blood Pressure?

Cartoon heart-manDo you haveHigh Blood Pressure?

It’s Blood Pressure UK’s Know your Numbers week this week 16-22 September, organised by Blood Pressure UK. Blood Pressure UK are doing this to raise awareness about high blood pressure and its health implications, and encouraging monitoring of your blood pressure.The higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of serious health problems in the future. High blood pressure can affect your body in a number of ways:

  • Your heart: high blood pressure can cause you to have a heart attack. It can also cause heart failure.
  • Your brain: high blood pressure is a leading cause of strokes. It has also been closely linked to some forms of dementia.
  • Your kidneys: high blood pressure can cause kidney disease.
  • Your limbs: high blood pressure can cause peripheral arterial disease, which can affect your legs.

Ways to lower high blood pressure

  • Maintain a healthy weight – being overweight puts more strain on the heart which can lead to high blood pressure – limiting your portion size is a helpful way to watch your weight.
  • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • Eat less salt and sodium – these can increase blood pressure, so it is important to read food labels
  • Exercise more – exercise is a key factor in preventing high blood pressure
  • Improve sleep -research shows that getting at least 8 hours of sleep is needed for good Heart Health
  • Reduce Stress which can lead to high blood pressure
  • Acupuncture – is especially good at helping to improve sleep and relieving stress.

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