Management of high blood pressure is an important and large part of the work carried out by the surgery. High blood pressure damages blood vessels which increases the risk of heart disease, strokes and kidney disease.
We check the blood pressure of anybody with high blood pressure at least twice a year. There is a large range of medicines which are used to control blood pressure and it is very common to use a combination of these to achieve the optimum blood pressure.
High blood pressure is only one factor which can cause heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease. High cholesterol, obesity, smoking and diabetes can all increase the risk of these conditions.
Every year we perform a blood and urine test to monitor cholesterol, blood sugar and kidney function and measure weight and height.
All of our nurses are trained in blood pressure management. Routine blood pressure appointments should be made with a nurse who will discuss any problems with a doctor.
People who have or wish to avoid having high blood pressure should exercise, not smoke, control their weight and follow a healthy diet which is low in fat, sugar and salt.
The British Hypertension Society website is a rich source of information about high blood pressure.