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Blood Pressure

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Blood pressure is measured using a sphygmomanometer, or blood pressure monitor. It consists of an inflatable cuff that's wrapped around your arm, roughly level with your heart, and a monitoring device that measures the cuff's pressure. The monitor measures two pressures: systolic, and diastolic.

As a general guide: high blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher (or 150/90mmHg or higher if you're over the age of 80) ideal blood pressure is usually considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg.

Here are 8 lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure and keep it down.
  1. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline. ...
  2. Exercise regularly. ...
  3. Eat a healthy diet. ...
  4. Reduce sodium in your diet. ...
  5. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. ...
  6. Quit smoking. ...
  7. Cut back on caffeine. ...
  8. Reduce your stress.
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