It's thought that around 30% of people in England have high blood pressure, and many don't even know it.

Though more than half of them are over 60, a large number are younger. Could you be one of them? High blood pressure is common and often has no symptoms.

Check your blood pressure

The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. Health professionals such as nurses, pharmacists and GPs can check your blood pressure with a simple test. High blood pressure increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, but there are things you can do to lower your blood pressure.

Keeping blood pressure healthy

“There are lots of different ways you can have a significant impact on your blood pressure; Reducing your blood pressure can make a massive difference to your health. It can prevent you from having a stroke or heart attack. There are so many benefits to making sure your blood pressure stays at a reasonable level."

The following steps towards a healthier lifestyle will help lower your blood pressure and keep it at a healthy level.


Healthy Eating

Lose weight

Limit your alcohol intake

stop smoking


Some people with high blood pressure need to take medication to lower it, as well as making the healthy lifestyle changes above.

Find out more about:

how to find out if you have high blood pressure 

treatment for high blood pressure

complications of high blood pressure (including stroke, heart attack and kidney disease)