Short of symptoms, the only reliable way to determine whether you have high blood pressure is to get your blood pressure checked.
This test, which is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg), uses two numbers to measure your blood pressure:
- Systolic pressure – the pressure when your heart pushes blood out
- Diastolic pressure – the pressure when your heart rests between beats
According to the NHS, high blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher (or an average of 135/85mmHg at home) – or 150/90mmHg or higher (or an average of 145/85mmHg at home) if you’re over the age of 80.
If blood pressure falls into a higher range, lifestyle changes are usually recommended to bring it within a healthy range.
Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily reversed by making healthy dietary decisions.
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