High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension can lead to serious problems such as heart
attack, stroke or kidney disease. High blood pressure usually does not have any symptoms, so it is
important to have your blood pressure checked regularly by your doctor.
Lifestyle management measures to control Blood Pressure:
- Watch your weight: blood pressure often increases as weight increases.
Exercise regularly: regular physical activity naturally decreases blood pressure and maintains weight
- Eat a healthy balanced diet: a diet rich in wholegrains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy with
reduced saturated fats and cholesterol decrease weight and decreases blood pressure.
- Decrease alcohol consumption: alcohol can be both good and bad for your health. By drinking
alcohol only in moderation – generally one drink a day for women and two a day for men – you can
potentially lower you blood pressure by about 4mm HG, but that protective effect is lost if you drink
too much alcohol.
- Quit smoking: each cigarette you smoke increases blood pressure for many minutes after you finish.
Monitor your blood pressure: see your GP regularly, many pharmacies also check blood pressure or
you can purchase your own machine.