Just as pressure is required to get water through pipes, we need blood pressure to circulate blood around our body. However high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, may eventually cause health problems such as:
- heart disease
- heart failure
- kidney failure
During the day, our blood pressure goes up and down depending on:
- what we’re doing
- how busy we are
- how stressed we are
- how intense our physical activity is
Your doctor will diagnose you with high blood pressure if repeated tests show you are above a healthy level even when relaxed.
It is common for blood pressure to not show any symptoms, making it vital that you to have your blood pressure checked regularly. This can be done by your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Blood pressure should be measured at least once a year if you are over 40 years of age, or more often if you already have high blood pressure.
For most adults, the cause of high blood pressure is not known. But there are ways you can reduce the risk:
- Work towards a healthy BMI (body mass index)
- Increase exercise
- Stop smoking
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Reduce salt intake
- Manage stress
Did you know that some people are at higher risk of hypertension because of their age, race or their family history?
High blood pressure can’t be cured, but it can be controlled. For all of us this means a healthy lifestyle and sometimes taking medicines as well. If you are unsure about your blood pressure or any of your blood pressure medications, then talk to any of the pharmacists at Clive's Chemist. It may be a good idea to get your blood pressure checked at the same time!
During November 2016, we're giving free blood pressure checks at the pharmacy. We'll let you know if you need to follow up with your doctor.