It’s perfectly normal for your blood pressure to fluctuate, depending on what you’re doing, for instance it’s lower when you’re asleep and higher when you exercise.  Some people have low blood pressure, which can cause dizziness, but many millions of Britons suffer from high blood pressure – hypertension – which, if not treated, can lead to a higher risk of heart attack, stroke or kidney damage.  Hypertension is treated with medication.

We recommend all patients over the age of 45 to have their blood pressure checked at least every 18 months.  If you are diagnosed with hypertension, we will ask you to attend for more regular blood pressure monitoring every six months.  To do this, book an appointment with a healthcare assistant.
Further Information

  •     www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/hypertension1.shtml
  •     www.bhf.org.uk
  •     www.bpassoc.org.uk/index.htm
  •     www.bhsoc.org/default.stm