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Blood Pressure

Blood pressure describes the way in which we measure the force that our hearts pump blood around your body. It is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg) and presented as two figures known as systolic pressure (the pressure of the heart when it pushes blood out) and diastolic pressure (the pressure of the heart as it rests between beats).
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What is normal blood pressure?


Normal blood pressure levels for adults are considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg.


How do you feel when you have high blood pressure?


Around a third of adults in Great Britain have high blood pressure but most of them do not realise it. In most cases, it rarely has noticeable symptoms but if left untreated, may increase a person's risk of a stroke or heart attack. If you're concerned that your blood pressure may be high it's important to speak to your GP and arrange to have your blood pressure checked.


How can you bring your blood pressure down quickly?


If you have raised blood pressure, regular exercise should help to avoid developing hypertension (long-term high blood pressure). However, if you have already been diagnosed with hypertension, you should still consider regular physical activity, such as walking, swimming or cycling, to lower your blood pressure levels to a safer intensity. Diet is key too, so cut back on salt and look to increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.


Can anxiety raise blood pressure?


Bouts of Anxiety may cause noticeable, short-term spikes in blood pressure but there is nothing to suggest that it causes hypertension.


How much does stress raise blood pressure?


At the time of writing, more research was required to determine the effects of chronic stress on blood pressure but it was thought to be a contributing factor. In any case there is no harm in taking some time out to think about what things cause your stress and see how you might be able to reduce or eliminate them.