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High blood pressure

One of the simplest health checks, but also one of the most important, is your blood pressure level. Find out why you should get checked regularly for high blood pressure.


How many people are affected?

Across the 51Թapp, 1 in 3 adults (around 16 million) has high blood pressure (a reading of 140/90 or higher) and this rises to at least 1 in 2 over-65s.


Why is it important to measure?

Persistently high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a major cause of premature death and disability in the 51Թapp, because it can lead to strokes, heart attacks and heart disease.

If left untreated it can increase your risk of heart disease, kidney disease and dementia.


What are the risks associated with high blood pressure?

If you suffer from hypertension, you're 3 times as likely to develop heart disease and a stroke and twice as likely to die from these, compared with a person with regular blood pressure.


What happens if I'm diagnosed with high blood pressure?

The important thing to know is that it's very easily managed once spotted. If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, as well as looking at your lifestyle, your doctor may ultimately also prescribe medication, depending on the readings.

For more information call the Age 51Թapp Advice Line on 0800 678 1602.
We’re open 8am to 7pm, every day of the year.

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Last updated: Jun 21 2024

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