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THE WITTERINGS MEDICAL CENTRE

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Hypertension (BP)


Hypertension (Raised blood pressure (BP)) is a major cause of heart disease and stroke. It is one of the commonest problems we deal with.

Usually patients have no symptoms until it is too late. We therefore recommend that all patients have their blood pressure checked from about the age of 40, or earlier if there is a family history of heart disease or stroke.

Checking BP is a simple test which can be done by our healthcare assistants (HCA’s). If they find any concerns they will refer you to our specialist nurse Bridget or a doctor.

Nowadays, treatment of this condition is relatively simple. It may well mean medication (and changes to lifestyle), but we have many options so we can usually avoid any side effects.

Those patients with a diagnosis of hypertension, need to have their BP checked every 6 months. They will also require annual blood tests to check their cholesterol and kidney function.

Recent guidelines from NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) have recommended that patients should have their BP measured at home where ever possible. It is well known that seeing a health care professional puts the BP up!

If you can afford to purchase a BP machine, that will be ideal. If not we can fit you with a 24 hour machine which will check your BP over a period of 1 day. This will always be done before a new diagnosis is made.

We endeavour to recall all patients with this condition, but many patients slip through the net. So if you have Hypertension, please remember you need to have your BP checked every 6 months.

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