High Blood Pressure

I felt that it was necessary to cover high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension because of how important it is to recognise and treat and because it is so common.

Did you know that high blood pressure is known as the ‘silent killer’? It is often symptomless and because when left unrecognised or untreated it significantly increases your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.

Roughly one in three adults have high blood pressure or are receiving treatment for it, which shows just how common it is. A large number of patients that I see on a weekly basis have appointments for their blood pressure management.

The video series that I have created answers a number of commonly asked questions about the condition.

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Who is most at risk from high blood pressure?

Your risk of developing high blood pressure increases as you get older, it is not often known why you develop the condition but you are at increased risk if:

-you have family members with high blood pressure
-drink lots of caffeine
-are overweight
-eats lots of salt
-drink more the recommended amount of alcohol
-are over the age of 65

If you do fall into any of the above categories then it might be worth watching my video “What can I do to bring my blood pressure down?”

Where can I get my blood pressure measured?

The first port of call for getting your blood pressure measured is your GP surgery, you could ask your GP during a routine consultation or get an appointment with one of the nurses at your surgery to take it. The only way you’ll know whether it is high or not is to get it measured. It is suggested that you get your blood pressure measured every five years even if you do not have high blood pressure. If you do have high blood pressure then your GP is likely to invite you for at least annual blood pressure reviews.

You will often be able to get your blood pressure measured at pharmacies and gyms. An alternative is to buy your own blood pressure machine, watch my video “What is blood pressure?” to find out what the normal readings are and the readings that should prompt you to see your Doctor.