6 Tips for Reducing Blood Pressure

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With 64% of over 50s in Ireland having high blood pressure, according to research carried out by the Irish Heart Foundation, it is much more prevalent than you might think – that’s the equivalent to 797,000 people in this age group. And among those with high blood pressure, just under half of them are unaware of this.

As a result, the Irish Heart Foundation recommends that everyone from the age of 30 years old have a blood pressure check at least once a year or more regularly if there are medical concerns. So the foundation has launched a new year-round national mobile health service, providing free blood pressure checks delivered by nurses to prevent stroke and heart attack in Ireland.

According to the Irish Heart Foundation, high blood pressure is a silent, stealthy and symptomless killer and is a leading cause of stroke, heart disease, premature death and disability in Ireland today, with almost one million people suffering from it.

And the foundation insists that early detection is a powerful tool in the fight against high blood pressure. So while you plan your next blood pressure check, they’ve offered 6 tips on how you can help reduce your blood pressure.

Know your Blood Pressure

Get your Blood Pressure checked and know what a healthy reading should be.

Regular physical exercise

Try to do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity every day

Keep to a healthy weight

For some people, losing weight is all they need to do to get their blood pressure down to a normal level

Eat a healthy balanced diet

Add more vegetables and fruit to your diet and cut down on salt consumption

Drink less alcohol

If you drink alcohol, stick within the recommended limits

Take your medicines as prescribed

Don’t stop taking your medication without consulting with your GP first.

The Irish Heart Foundation’s Mobile Health Unit’s travel schedule will be published on their website www.irishheart.ie one month in advance. For a free blood pressure leaflet or general health advice, talk to an Irish Heart Foundation nurse in confidence on the National Heart & Stroke Helpline Freefone number 1800 25 25 50, Monday to Friday.