Is hypertension the same as high blood pressure? Yes
Why is it important? Because if we don't treat it, it puts us at risk of damaging our internal blood vessels and risking them bursting.
The outcome of this is commonly a stroke or aneurysm. It is also a major risk factor for heart disease and micro-vascular dementia.
If you are over the age of 50 years, it is important to get your blood pressure checked yearly at the very least. The reason why you need to check it, is that high blood pressure is often associated with no symptoms. So you won't know if you have it.
It is also one of the easiest risk factors to treat. If your are concerned about your blood pressure, or it fluctuates from time to time or you have a strong family history why not talk to Nurse - Heather about having a 24 hour blood pressure check up 03 5986-4229. This can be done if you are wanting a more accurate diagnosis or if you are on medication and want to make sure it is effective - day and night.
Talk to your GP or nurse today about your blood pressure and they can help you be pro-active about your most important gift - your health.
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