High blood pressure and heart health


High blood pressure (or hypertension) is an increase in the force of blood against the walls of the arteries in the body. High blood pressure is common but easily overlooked because it doesn’t cause obvious symptoms.

However, that increased pressure over a long period raises the risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, enlargement of the aorta and heart failure.

Concerned about high blood pressure? Here’s what to do:
– Get it checked regularly by a GP
– Eat a healthy diet, low in salt
– Exercise regularly
– Drink less alcohol
– Take your blood pressure medication regularly

Some people find their blood pressure is still high and hard to manage despite doing all the right things. If BP readings vary a lot or remain high when taking several medications, a specialist review can be beneficial.

This article is for reference purposes only – it is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as professional medical advice. Please consult your own medical practitioner for health advice specific to your condition.