What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries. If it is too high over a period of time and not treated you will be more at risk of having a stroke or heart attack.

More than 1 in 4 adults in the UK have high blood pressure (Hypertension), although many don’t realise it.

Blood pressure monitor

Get checked

High blood pressure usually has no symptoms which is why many people don’t know they have it.

The only way to find out is to have regular checks. You can get your blood pressure tested at a number of places including your GP surgery or as part of your NHS Health Check.


What should my blood pressure be?

As a general guide:

High blood pressure is considered to be 140/90 or higher

Ideal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60 and 120/80

Low blood pressure is considered to be 90/60 or lower

Every little helps

Why is my blood pressure so important?

High blood pressure increases your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. It is also a risk factor for kidney disease, dementia and other illnesses.  If you have a raised blood pressure reading, you should not ignore it. High blood pressure is a serious condition but can be successfully treated.

Tips for lowering your blood pressure

Drink alcohol in moderation

Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis and to spread this over three or more days.

Get more advice and tips on drinking less.

Eat more fruit and vegetables

These are the best source of potassium in the diet, which helps to lower blood pressure. Try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Don’t forget that frozen, canned and dried varieties count too.

Get more advice and tips on eating well.

Stop smoking

To reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Get more advice and tips on stopping smoking.

Eat less salt

An adult should eat less than 6g of salt a day – just over one teaspoon. Check food labels for salt content, avoid processed foods and don’t add salt to your food.

Get more advice and tips on eating well.

Lose weight if you need to

If you lose the excess weight you will probably find that your blood pressure reduces.

Get more advice and tips on managing your weight.

Be active

Aim for half an hour of exercise on five days of the week. The exercise needs to make you breathe faster and warm you up. For more information about local activities and motivational support go to www.FitForMe.info.  

Get more advice and tips on moving more.


Some people will also need to take medication prescribed by their doctor to lower their blood pressure.

Find out more...

You can find out more by visiting the following websites

Livewire Liverpool

Health Trainers

Liverpool Health Trainer service can help you make changes to your lifestyle.

quit the ciggies logo

Quit the Ciggies

Join the girls across Liverpool going smokefree. For tips, support and more visit:

Kick the ciggies

Kick the Ciggies

Show nicotine the red card. For tips and tactics to beat the ciggies visit:

drink less feel good logo

Drink less feel good

Take our quick drinks check. See how many calories you drink each week and get personalised tips at:

Fit for me logo

Fit for me

Join in and feel good. Fit For Me is helping people across Liverpool enjoy all the benefits of being active.

Small changes feel good

See how small changes can help improve many areas of your life.