What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure (BP) is a measurement of the force your blood puts on blood vessel walls as it travels through your body.
Blood pressure varies throughout the day to meet your body’s needs and most people cannot feel when it is high. High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer” because sufferers can have high blood pressure and show no warning signs.
Therefore the only way to know your numbers is to have your blood pressure checked regularly. If your reading is high, your doctor may measure your blood pressure on a number of occasions or you may be asked to monitor your blood pressure at home.
Consequences of high blood pressure
• Chronic high blood pressure leads to a number of complications including stroke and heart attack.
• High blood pressure puts unnecessary stress on blood vessel walls which may weaken them leading to a bleed in the brain.
• High blood pressure can cause blood clots or cholesterol plaques to break off artery walls and block a brain artery causing a stroke.
Tips for lowering your blood pressure
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The lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of stroke.