If you’ve been told you have high blood pressure (hypertension) or you would like to learn more about it, these are the pages for you.
Our information is written by our team of experts, and this section takes you through what your blood pressure readings mean, how high blood pressure can affect your body, what causes it and the steps you can take to lower it.
If you have any questions, our healthcare team is here to help.
Understanding your blood pressure
Find out how blood pressure works, what high blood pressure is, the health problems it causes and what the numbers mean.
Causes of high blood pressure
A number of things can raise your blood pressure over time, including eating too much salt, smoking, being overweight and not being active.
How to lower your blood pressure
There are lots of simple things you can do to get your numbers under control. See the changes you can make and understand the medications available.
Know Your Numbers!
Our award-winning flagship campaign. The highlight is Know Your Numbers! Week, the UK's biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event.
When you have your blood pressure measured, you will be given two numbers, systolic (top) and diastolic (bottom). Once you know your numbers, you can use our blood pressure chart to see what they mean and if your blood pressure is in the healthy range.
This year's campaign will take place from 7-13 September. It's all about knowing your blood pressure at home to feel in control. Home blood pressure monitoring gives you one less thing to worry about. Don't miss your chance to take part in the UK's biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event.
Blood Pressure UK membership can help to keep your blood pressure under control
Membership means you get a helping hand in looking after your blood pressure while supporting others. Over 90% of our members say that being a member of Blood Pressure UK helps them to manage and lower their blood pressure. Find out what you get as a member and how to join.Become a member