High blood pressure is a common problem in Ireland with over 50% of adults thought to be affected. High blood pressure can be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke so it is important to have your blood pressure regularly checked as many people have high blood pressure without realising it.
What is high blood pressure?
Your heart is basically a pump that moves blood around your body. As long as your body is healthy, this happens normally and without any problems. However, in some people, their heart finds it difficult to move their blood around and it has to work harder to force blood through their veins and arteries. Increasing the amount of force the heart uses to push blood means the blood is under more pressure. Your doctor can measure your level of blood pressure by listening to how hard your heart is working.
What is a healthy level of blood pressure?
Healthy blood pressure is 120/80. Blood pressure that is more than 140/90 is considered to be high.
What can cause high blood pressure?
High blood pressure can be caused by lots of different things. It is more common in people who are overweight or who do very little exercise. Eating too much sodium from salt can affect blood pressure as well as too much alcohol.
What can I do to keep blood pressure healthy?
Did you know?
Sea salt contains just as much sodium as normal salt.Many people think that sea salt is healthier but switching from ordinary salt to sea salt won’t make any difference to your blood pressure – you need to cut back on all salt to make a difference.