Monday 5 December 2016

High blood pressure greatest risk

Published 22/09/2015 | 02:30

High blood pressure
High blood pressure

High blood pressure, a risk factor for heart attack and stroke, was the number-one individual risk factor associated with global deaths in 2013, contributing to 10.4 million deaths around the world that year.

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High blood pressure grew 39.9pc for women and 59pc for men.

You can take steps to prevent high blood pressure by:

* losing weight if you need to;

* reducing the amount of salt you eat;

* exercising regularly;

* eating a healthy diet;

* cutting back if you drink too much alcohol;

* cutting down on caffeine;

* stopping smoking.

The Irish Heart Foundation has free checks this month and in October. See www.irishheart.ie or phone 1890 432 787.

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