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Top five ways to prevent high blood pressure

High blood pressure isn’t usually something you can feel or notice, but if you have it you’re more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

The good news is, you’re in control, and there are some simple things you can do to help lower your blood pressure.

Check out our top 5 changes you can make to your lifestyle that could prevent high blood pressure:

 

1.  Alcohol

Regularly drinking alcohol above the levels recommended by the NHS will raise your blood pressure over time. Stay within current recommended levels of no more than 14 units a week.

2.  Diet

Salt raises your blood pressure. The more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure. Aim to eat less than 6g (0.2oz) of salt a day, which is about a teaspoonful. 

3.  Weight

Being overweight forces your heart to work harder to pump blood around your body, which can raise your blood pressure.  Even losing a few pounds will make a big difference.

4.  Exercise

Being active and taking regular exercise lowers blood pressure by keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition. Regular exercise can also help you lose weight.

5.  Smoking

To help keep your risk of a heart attack or stroke as low as possible, you should also quit smoking because smoking can cause your arteries to become clogged up much more quickly.

Contact your GP, practice nurse or local pharmacist to ask about getting your blood pressure checked.