High blood pressure symptoms: Avoid ordering bar snacks at the pub to control reading | Health | Life & Style

Don’t eat bar snacks like crisps and peanuts, according to Blood Pressure UK, as the added salt will make you want to drink more, and will raise your blood pressure.

Other tips from the charity include opting for low-alcohol options, checking the level to see how many units a drink contains, making your drinks last longer by adding mixers or water, and if you’re drinking at home you should buy a measure so you know how much you are drinking.

Using a blood pressure cuff, blood pressure is recorded with two numbers – the systolic pressure and the diastolic pressure.

The systolic pressure is the higher number and represents the force at which your heart pumps blood around your body, whereas the diastolic pressure is the lower number and shows the resistance to the blood flow in the blood vessels.

So what is considered a normal reading?

Both the diastolic and systolic pressures are measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg).

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