Ifyou have a family history of high blood pressure, it is important that you have your blood pressure checked regularly. A text book reading of a normal blood pressure would be 130 over 70. Doctors tend to treat blood pressure when pressures go over 140 over 90. Your doctor may monitor your blood pressure over a period of time and then decide whether it needs treating.
It is important however to also adopt a healthier lifestyle by incorporating the following advice:
- Stop smoking (if you do). Smoking 20 cigarettes a day makes you twice the normal risk of a heart attack and five times higher risk of a stroke
- Reduce excess body fat. High blood pressure is twice as common in people who are overweight
- Reduce alcohol intake
- Get more aerobically active. Physical exercise can lower blood pressure
- Eat less salt. Change to low sodium products, don’t add salt to your meal. Try using herbs and spices rather than salt. Most processed foods contain high levels of salt.
- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
- Avoid stress. Stress is a major contributing factor to hypertension.