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Hypertension Posted or Updated on 21 Feb 2024

High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases the risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Around 1 in 4 adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many will not realise it. There is more information on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/high-blood-pressure-hypertension/, including the NHS online blood pressure tool which can help give a better understanding of what your readings mean and how to self-monitor and manage your blood pressure.

Key Facts and Figures 

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK, but it can often largely be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle.
  • High blood pressure, or hypertension is a key risk factor for CVD. If untreated, it increases the risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
  • Hypertension affects around 1 in 4 adults in the UK, although many will not realise it as it rarely has noticeable symptoms.
  • All adults over 40 are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every 5 years.
  • The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked.
  • You can check your blood pressure if you have a monitor at home, or as part of your NHS health check, at some workplaces, at a pharmacy or your GP practice.

Over 40? You need to know your blood pressure.

High blood pressure can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. 

Knowing what your numbers mean could save your life. 

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