High Blood Pressure

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Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. The heart pumps blood into the arteries (blood vessels) which carry the blood throughout the body. Without any blood pressure at all our bodies could not function as the blood would not reach our vital organs.

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, means the pressure in your arteries is above the normal range. Prolonged periods of high blood pressure increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke and is often referred to as a “silent killer”.

Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg) and is recorded as two figures:

  • Systolic pressure – the pressure of the blood when your heart beats to pump blood out.
  • Diastolic pressure – the pressure of the blood when your heart rests in between beats, which reflects how strongly your arteries are resisting blood flow.

For example, if your GP says your blood pressure is “140 over 90”, or 140/90mmHg, it means you have a systolic pressure of 140mmHg and a diastolic pressure of 90mmHg.

You can take steps to prevent high blood pressure by maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle and by keeping your body weight at the recommended levels. Along with reducing the amount of sodium you consume in your diet it is also important to be active and exercise regularly, eat a healthy balanced diet and watch the amount of alcohol and caffeine you consume. Stopping smoking will also benefit you immensely.

In most cases, no one knows the mechanics of what causes high blood pressure but recent medical studies have shown that increasing the amount of sodium consumed in the diet can increase blood pressure. These studies have also shown that reducing and maintaining a lower level of sodium consumption can reduce high blood pressure.

Take steps to help keep your blood pressure at the right levels without sacrificing on the taste of your food. Use Saltneys salt alternative instead of your regular table salt or sea salt.

With virtually no sodium and all the taste of regular salt and sea salt, Saltneys really is the better way.

Click here to find out more about a healthy lifestyle and salt in your diet by visiting the NHS Choices website.