Know Your Blood Pressure

115/69mmHg is my reading this morning. What’s yours?!

When was the last time you had your blood pressure measured?! Before today, mine was measured about 2 weeks ago. your blood pressure is something you should know. 

It’s something everyone should know about themselves. 

It’s thought that 5 million people in the UK are walking around with high blood pressure and don’t have a clue. This brings with it various risks. High cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease are all linked to high blood pressure. 

What is blood pressure?

It’s the pressure of the blood in your arteries – it’s at its highest when your heart contracts and at it’s lowest when your heart relaxes with each heart beat. 

And what do the numbers mean?! 

The first (or top number) represents the phase where your heart contracts so blood pressure is at its highest. This is known as your systolic blood pressure. 

The second (or bottom number) represents the phase where your heart relaxes so blood pressure is at it’s lowest. This is known as your diastolic blood pressure. 

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, your blood pressure should be below 140/90mmHg. Anything above this is classified as high blood pressure – or hypertension

A family history of high blood pressure, a diet high in salt, lack of physical activity, being overweight to drinking too much alcohol can all play a part in the cause of high blood pressure. Lifestyle changes can however play a bigger part in preventing the onset of high blood pressure. With the exception of family history all the things I just listed are within our control! 

The blood pressure monitor I have is by Ozeri and available on Amazon {check it out here}. It’s compact, light, quick and easy to use. It’s also more comfortable than the cuffs which go around your upper arm! 

It comes with an instruction booklet, which all made sense to me! I’m not one for saving information – I managed to set the right time, I’m not so sure about the date but I have the measuring down to a t! Just position the cuff correctly, 1cm from your wrist, place your wrist in line with your heart and press the ‘start’ button! 

It’s so portable I will have it packed in my bag every now and again so if you see me ‘About Town’, just ask and I can take your blood pressure measurement for you! 

If you have any concerns about your blood pressure then I advise you to seek information and advice from your doctor as soon as possible! Otherwise just keep active, be aware of salt and alcohol consumption and try your best to eat a healthy balanced diet! 

Are you aware of your blood pressure?! 

Do you actively live a lifestyle to help prevent the onset? 

Do you have any tips to share with those who have not yet made those changes?!

If you have any thoughts or questions please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me via Twitter / Facebook! 

And know your blood pressure! 

Elle 🙂 x

p.s This is NOT a sponsored post; I was provided with the product to test…but all opinions are my own 🙂 




  1. kevin
    March 16, 2014 / 7:47 am

    hello,Mine was measured for the last time Friday. I see 124/76 blood pressure. can you tell me what this means?

    • kevin
      March 25, 2014 / 9:14 am

      hi Elle LintonI thank you for your answer because I was told prehypertension from 120/80.

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