Over 60s are more likely to have high blood pressure

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Over 60s are more likely to have high blood pressure

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

 

High blood pressure is common and often has no symptoms. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. Your GP or local nurse or even your local  pharmacists can check your blood pressure with a simple test. 

High blood pressure will increase your risk of having a stroke or a  heart attack but there are things you can do to lower your blood pressure.

The following steps towards a healthier lifestyle will help lower your blood pressure and keep it at a healthy level.

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
    • Walking
    • Cycling
    • Swimming
    • Running
  • Eating Healthy
    • Cut down on salt
    • Cut down on saturated fat
    • Eat 5 fruit or veg portions a day
  • Lose Weight
  • Stop Smoking
  • Reduce alcohol levels
  • no more than 3-4 units a day for men
  • no more than 2-3 units a day for women