Blood Pressure

Updated on 28th January 2013 at 12:20 pm

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About 30% of the adult population have high blood pressure.  For most people high blood pressure has no symptoms.

You are looking after your blood pressure to reduce the risk of a heart attack or a stroke and to protect your kidneys.  You should have had a discussion with us about other things, such as lowering cholesterol, lowering weight, increasing activity and stopping smoking which also make a difference to your risk. If you have not had this discussion then please let us know.

We like to organise a 6 monthly BP check and an annual review.

We would like to know what you blood pressure is every 6 months and every year we would like to check both blood pressure and some routine blood tests on kidney function, liver function, sugar levels, thyroid levels  and a full blood count.  If you want to do your own blood pressure readings every 6 months at home and let us know what the result that would be great.

In between those two times it is mostly up to you!  Taking medication regularly is one part of your treatment but don’t forget all the other things that lower your risk: – stopping smoking, eating a healthy diet, exercise, low risk drinking pattern etc.

Not everyone finds taking medications easy and some people have side effects.  Please let us know if you are not taking any of your medications.

Please find Blood Pressure reading tips and form to record your blood pressure readings.