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High blood pressure (hypertension) rarely has symptoms.
Around 30% of people in England have high blood pressure but many don't know it. If left untreated, high blood pressure increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
The only way of knowing there is a problem is to have your blood pressure measured.
All adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every five years. If you haven’t had yours measured, or you don’t know what your blood pressure reading is, ask your pharmacist to check it or consider purchasing a monitor & checking your own at home.
What does a diagnosis of high blood pressure mean for you? What can you do to try to lower your blood pressure and lessen your chances of a stroke or a heart attack? Includes information about commonly used medications.
You can measure your blood pressure in the safety of your own home. Nowadays you can get a decent blood pressure machine for about £20 - talk to your pharmacist. This link includes advice on what to buy and how to measure your own blood pressure at home. Click here for a form to record your readings and then email / post the results to us
Hear people share their personal stories. Find out what other people say about issues such as symptoms, diagnosis, controlling high blood pressure and the impact on lifestyle.
This fact sheet will tell you about the simple changes to your diet that can help reduce the health risks that having high blood pressure can cause.
We can stick you on some tablets, but you could avoid that, or at least minimise the need to see us in the future....
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