High Blood Pressure

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common health issue that can lead to serious and potentially fatal complications. Blood pressure is generally considered high when it’s measured at 140/90mmHg or above, however this increases as you get older (above 80).

You may have high blood pressure if you have:

General discomfort or uneasiness
Chest pain or tightness

Persistent headaches or dizziness

  • Unhealthy diet high in sodium and saturated fats
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Chronic stress or anxiety
  • Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
  • Dizziness or feeling faint
  • Blurred vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Adopt a balanced diet low in sodium and high in fruits and vegetables
  • Engage in regular physical activity
  • Monitor blood pressure regularly
  • Limit alcohol intake and stop smoking
  • Practice stress-reducing activities such as meditation or yoga
Doctor using sphygmomanometer with stethoscope checking blood pressure to a patient in the hospital.

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