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Keep your blood pressure in check

High blood pressure triggers more heart attacks and strokes in Victoria than any other cause.

Dr Phil Carrillo, Head of the Peninsula Health Heart Service, shares some advice on how to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Dr Phil’s simple rules:

  1. Stop adding salt to your cooking & remove salt from the dinner table.
  2. Go for a brisk half hour walk every day.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight. Your weight in kilograms should ideally be same number as your height in centimetres minus 100.
  4. Try to follow the Mediterranean diet; meat twice a week, fish twice a week, fresh fruit and vegetables every day and eat only what is in season.
  5. No more than two standard alcoholic drinks per day, with at least three alcohol-free days a week.
  6. A short siesta after lunch is good for you, if you have the time!

Monitoring your blood pressure

It is important to detect high blood pressure early, before too much damage is done.

Peninsula Health is one of the only health services in Victoria to bulk bill the loan of ambulatory blood pressure monitors. Other services charge up to $300 for a 24-hour loan. We need more blood pressure monitors to meet community demand for this free service.

With your support, we can purchase more monitors to provide a better outcome for local people, close to home.

Find out more: www.peninsulahealth.org.au/help-hearts-grow-stronger

This article was first published in the Autumn edition of Connection Magazine. Read the full edition here.