Blood pressure refers to the pressure exerted against the arteries as the heart pumps blood around the body. Measuring blood pressure is a very important tool and an average reading is generally 120/80. This can vary generally 10 points either side of these figures.
If your blood pressure remains high, it can lead to serious problems such as a heart attack, a stroke, heart failure or kidney disease.
The following factors increase the risks of serious problems associated with high blood pressure: smoking, having high blood cholesterol, being overweight, having diabetes
Factors that will help reduce blood pressure include: being smoke free, achieving and maintaining a healthy bodyweight, reducing your salt intake, undertaking regular physical activity, reducing your alcohol intake to 2 standard drinks (males) per day and 1 standard drink (females) per day, enjoying healthy eating.
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