High blood pressure is the most common cause of heart disease and stroke in Australia and worldwide. The risk of disease increases as the level of blood pressure increases. However, although people can inherit factors that contribute to high blood pressure, most causes are from lifestyle factors, and therefore the condition is highly treatable and preventable. So much so, that experts say we could reduce the death rate in Australia by 25 per cent if blood pressure is tackled effectively.

Here are 6 things you can try to help

1. Reduce your alcohol intake

No more than 2 standard drinks a day for men and women

2. Losing or maintaining a healthy weigh

3. Eat well

Having a balanced diet and limiting salt and saturated fats.

4. Quit smoking

5. Exercise

30 min a day of moderate activity most days

6. Keep control of of your blood sugar levels