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Is your heart
older than you?

Advice on monitoring your blood pressure

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Is your heart older than you are?

Many of us don't live as healthily as we'd like to. Inactivity, poor diet, smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol raise your heart age and put you at risk of heart attacks, strokes and even dementia.

The free online One You Heart Age Test will quickly reveal your heart age, and what you can do to lower it.

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MONITORING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

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What is classed as normal blood pressure?

Blood pressure is measured by 2 numbers and looks something like this: 120/80mmHg. The first number is the highest your blood pressure reaches and the second is the lowest.

A healthy blood pressure would have the first number between 90 and 120, and the second number between 60 and 80.

How often should you check your blood pressure?

People aged 40 - 74, with no existing cardiovascular disease, can get an NHS check every 5 years. You can also measure it at home with a blood pressure monitor.

Anyone suffering from high or low blood pressure, or being treated for cardiovascular conditions, like type 2 diabetes, should have regular checks with their doctor.

How to measure your own blood pressure

Avoid eating, drinking alcohol, smoking, exercising and bathing for 30 minutes, and rest for 15 before starting. Avoid taking a measurement during stressful times.

Sit with your feet flat on the floor. Rest your arm on a table with your palm facing up. Put the monitor cuff on your arm, level with your heart. Breathe regularly without talking or moving during the measurement.

OMRON EVOLV

The new all-in-one upper arm blood pressure monitor. No tubes, no wires. Simply accurate.

The compact design of OMRON EVOLV makes it easy to use anywhere you need to take a reading and you can track your progress via smartphone.

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step 1

Download OMRON connect app.

step 2

Pair your smart device with EVOLV.

step 3

Place the device on your upper arm and take a reading.

step 4

Transfer your reading and see the progress on your smart device.

LOWERING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

High blood pressure can be prevented or reduced by eating healthily, maintaining a healthy weight,
taking regular exercise and drinking alcohol in moderation.

Get Active

Being active and taking regular exercise lowers blood pressure by keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition. Regular exercise can also help you lose weight, which can also lower your blood pressure.

Adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week.

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Healthy Diet

To reduce high blood pressure, eat a low-fat diet that includes lots of fibre, such as wholegrain rice, bread and pasta, and eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Salt raises your blood pressure. The more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure. Aim to eat less than 6g (0.2oz) a day, which is about a teaspoonful.

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