Blood pressure is the force your heart uses to pump blood to the body. High blood pressure can damage your heart and blood vessels and increase your risk of life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and stroke. It's important to measure your blood pressure and make changes to your lifestyle to decrease your blood pressure to within a healthy range. For example, through changes to diet and exercise, not smoking and reducing alcohol consumption.
Target: 90/60 - 120/80 mmHg (unless advised by your health professional)
Blood pressure is measured as two numbers; The first number, systolic pressure, measures the force in the blood vessels when your heart beats. The second, diastolic pressures, measures the force in the blood vessels when your heart relaxes between beats.