High blood pressure also known as ‘hypertension’ is one of the most common conditions in this country. More than one in four adults in the UK have it. Many people in Telford will have undiagnosed high blood pressure.
Why should I know my blood pressure?
If your blood pressure is too high, it can do massive damage. It narrows the blood vessels and can lead to strokes and heart attacks, as well as angina, heart failure, kidney failure and narrowed arteries in the legs.
Taking just five minutes to find out your blood pressure could save your life! You can get your blood pressure taken by your practice nurse, pharmacist or you can take it yourself with an at home blood pressure monitor.
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How do I know if my blood pressure is too high?
140/90 is the number to know. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, but two or more readings over 140 and/or over 90 is high blood pressure and you should see your GP. Sustained high blood pressure can damage the heart and increase the risk of stroke.
5 things to help you prevent high blood pressure
There isn’t always an explanation for the cause of high blood pressure, but you can help reduce your risk by: