High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
Hypertension occurs when your blood pressure is higher than normal. Your blood pressure can change throughout the day based on the activities you’re currently undertaking. You are able to find out whether you have high blood pressure through a hypertension screening service.
Your blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries. It’s important to have a steady flow of blood flowing through your arteries to your heart, brain and rest of your body. A certain amount of pressure enables the blood to move through your body. When your blood pressure rises too high this means your heart is having to work harder to pump the blood around your body.
High blood pressure is a serious condition and can be quite dangerous. Your arteries are normally stretchy and are able to cope with your blood pressure fluctuating. However, with high blood pressure, your arteries lose their stretchiness, resulting in them becoming stiff or narrow. This allows fatty materials to build up in your arteries. This can affect the arteries lining your heart or brain. This is why we urge individuals to book an appointment with our hypertension screening service.
If high blood pressure (hypertension) is left untreated it can result in some life-threatening health conditions like heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease or even heart failure. At Swinton pharmacy we encourage individuals who are experiencing high blood pressure symptoms or anything similar to book an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.
In most cases, there isn’t a specific cause for high blood pressure (hypertension). Most people develop high blood pressure through their diet, lifestyle or a specific medical condition.
Who is a high risk for high blood pressure?
- People over 65
- Runs in your family
- Excessive smoking
- Consuming large amounts of alcohol
- Consuming too much salt in your diet
- Are overweight
- Doesn’t exercise
Why should i have a hypertension screening service?
If you believe you have hypertension and are concerned for your health it’s important you get in contact with you GP and share your concerns with them. They will book you in for a hypertension screening service to confirm.
If you are suffering from high blood pressure (hypertension) you may experience symptoms including:
- Severe headaches
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
If you have been diagnosed with hypertension your doctors may recommend some lifestyle changes or medication to help keep your blood pressure at a safe level that isn’t damaging your health. Each person may have a different course of treatment than another. Speak to your doctor regarding the best course of treatment for you.
If you have any questions regarding this hypertension service, get in touch with us today for more information regarding any questions you may have.