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“Adults should do at least 150 minutes (two hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as cycling or fast walking, every week,” it adds.

What causes high blood pressure?

Although it is not known the exact mechanisms that underpin high blood pressure, there are a number of risk factors that contribute.

According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), risk factors include being overweight, having too much salt in your diet, not doing enough physical activity, drinking too much alcohol and having family history of high blood pressure.

“We also know that people from an African Caribbean background and people living in deprived areas may be at higher risk,” says the health body.



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