Healthy Heart | Tips for lowering blood pressure | Go Argos

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your heart age?

Many things can cause our heart to age.
And an unhealthy heart can lead to all kinds of problems. Here's our advice for avoiding risk and keeping your heart healthy.

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Many things can cause our hearts to age, such as inactivity, poor diet, smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol.

The risks of an ageing heart can include heart attacks, strokes and even dementia. So it's important to take steps to keep our hearts healthy.

The free heart age test won't take long to do. And it'll help you identify the risk factors that might be causing your heart to age faster.

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What is 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.

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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.


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.


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.


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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