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Hypertension

Hypertension relates to High Blood Pressure.

High blood pressure will cause no symptoms, or immediate problems, but it is a major risk factor for developing a serious cardiovascular disease (conditions that affect the functioning of the heart and the circulation of blood around the body), such as a stroke or heart disease.

If you are over 40, then we may ask to check your blood pressure to work out your risk score for developing heart disease or a stroke, which will involve organising a fasting blood test.  

If we discover your blood pressure is high,  the nurse/HCA will see you several times to establish whether this could be a problem and /or we may suggest you invest in your own blood pressure machine to do some home readings.

You maybe prescribed blood pressure or cholesterol tablets in order to keep you healthy for as long as possible.

The nurses are there to encourage and support you whilst making lifestyle changes. You can also be referred to The Local Health Club for a supervised exercise program if needed.

If you need medication we like to see you once or twice a year to check on your progress. If you experience any problems from any tablets we expect you to come and tell us so that we can address the situation.

External Sites:

High Blood Pressure Explained - NHS Choices

Blood Pressure Association

British Heart Foundation

British Hypertension Society

Videos from NHS Choices

High blood pressure has no symptoms, but if it's not treated it can damage the kidneys, heart and brain.