Dr Jack A T Edmonds MB BS FRCGP

Private General Practitioner

Your Health in Our Hands

120 Harley Street
London
W1G 7JW

Phone: 020 7935 5050
Fax: 020 7935 3888
Email: enquiry@drjackedmonds.co.uk

BLOOD PRESSURE READINGS

Understanding blood pressure readings can be baffling so here is a simple summary to understanding what low, normal and high blood pressure readings are:

The readings are measured as systolic (heart beating and pumping blood) over diastolic (when your heart is filling with blood).

Low blood pressure – Lower than 90/60 mmHg. 

Only one of these numbers needs to be lower than this to count as low BP.

Normal blood pressure – Between 90/60 and 140/90 mmHg.

This is the current normal range but there is a suggestion it should be lowered to 120/80.

Hypertension in the UK requiring medication starts at 140/90mmHg.

High blood pressure is 140/90mmHg or consistently higher over several weeks.  Likely to require medication.

If just one of these figures is raised for a few weeks you may also have high BP.

 

Obvious ways to reduce blood pressure is to limit your salt intake to 6g/day which may also benefit feeling bloated.   Eat less processed foods.  Potassium rich foods are recommended with a daily intake of 3,500 mg. 

If you have high blood pressure take the following steps:  Lose excess weight, take more exercise, reduce alcohol intake, quit smoking, watch stress levels and take prescribed medication.