Living With High Blood Pressure

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Understanding blood pressure

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure (sometimes called hypertension) means that your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body, so the pressure in your arteries is always higher than it should be.

High blood pressure might not come with symptoms, but you should take it seriously because it puts you at a higher risk of heart attacks, heart failure and strokes.

But by making a few simple changes, you have the power to improve your health and bring your blood pressure to a healthier level.

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What high blood pressure means for your health

Expert advice from a Senior Cardiac Nurse

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse Julie Ward shares some things that she wants you to know about high blood pressure – including how you can help to lower it.

You can help to lower your blood pressure if you:

  • Stay a healthy weight

  • Exercise regularly

  • Cut down on how much salt you eat

  • Cut down on how much alcohol you drink

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Heart Helpline

Specially trained cardiac nurses will be happy to answer your questions, listen to your concerns and offer the information and support you need.

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Call 0300 330 3311

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