For those who are concerned about their blood pressure or have a history of problems related to their blood pressureshould have checks regularly if not doing so already. High risk factors for hypertension (high blood pressure) include if you are overweight, stressed, smoke, have low potassium or lowvitamin D levels. Long-term hypertension causes strain on the cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of stroke and heart disease. We would alsorecommend a full blood profile test to check your liver and kidney function as well as cholesterol levels. Lifestyle changes can help manage the disease however if hypertension is left untreated, it can lead to kidney disease and heart failure.
The test does not involve any special preparations. Your blood pressure reading will be taken with an arm cuff affixed to a dial and pump. You need to remove thick clothing or roll up your sleeve as the cuff will be placed around your upper arm. The doctor will theninflate the cuff with air until it restricts the flow of blood in your arm for a few seconds then slowly released and record your blood pressure will be recorded on the machine.
You will get the results during the consultation.
If your blood pressure reaches 180/120 mm Hg it is considered very high. Symptoms will includetwo or more of the following:
Vomiting; headache; double or blurred vision; nausea; nosebleeds; dizziness; breathlessness; heart palpitations.
On their own, these symptoms do not necessarily point to hypertension however, with an increase in blood pressure this may indicate you might be suffering from hypertension. Normally you will not notice that anything is wrong. It is a silent disease.
Extremely young babies and newborns with high blood pressure may experience seizures, failure to thrive, lethargy, respiratory distress, and irritability. Children who have high blood pressure may experience fatigue, headache, nosebleeds, blurred vision or Bell’s palsy.
If you are diagnosed with hypertension should get regular blood pressure checks. Blood pressure check should be done at least once every five years especially if you smoke and/or overweight and generallyas you become older as your blood vessels become less elastic.
Those who have a family history of hypertension have a higher risk of developing the disease. Other risk factors include:
White Coat Syndrome is a term used when your blood pressure tends to be higher when taken by a doctor/nurse. If you experience this we normally try an ambulatory blood pressure and help you to relax before doing it again to get an accurate reading. Please talk to us prior to the test and we will make sure you are relaxed and comfortable.
A 24 hour blood pressure monitoring service is available. The clinic will provide you with the equipment that you take home with you and explain what you need to do. You then return with the results which our doctor will analyse. He/she willrefer you to a specialist cardiologist if your blood pressure fluctuates dramatically throughout the day or detects a serious problem. Hypertension can be resolved however with medication and/or changes to your lifestyle.
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