A blood pressure check is quick and painless.
What if I have high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is serious but can be treated. Sometimes, lifestyle changes around a better diet or more exercise will help. Obviously cutting out tobacco products will benefit you, as will keeping your alcohol intake low. Your doctor can also help with medicine to address the issue.
What causes high blood pressure?
Blood pressure tends to rise as we get older and can run in families.
Common causes include:
- being overweight
- drinking too much alcohol
- not exercising
- eating a bad diet
- eating too much salt
Here's a table that will help you understand your blood pressure results. A diagnosis of high blood pressure requires more than one reading.
If you think you have high blood pressure, get a check. It could save your life. Increasingly New Zealanders are monitoring their own blood pressure using battery operated digital monitors. Contact us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to Mau Moananu's story and why he urges everyone to get their blood pressure checked regularly: