Health
Health

Do you have High Blood Pressure?

September, 2012 TSG_PTIMG_0023_HRM_BloodPressure

One of the simplest health checks, but also one of the most important, is your blood pressure level. Find out why you should get checked regularly for high blood pressure.

How many people are affected?
Across the UK, 1 in 3 adults (around 16 million) has high blood pressure (a reading of 140/90 or higher) and this rises to at least 1 in 2 over-65s

Why is it important to measure?
Persistently high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a major cause of premature death and disability in the UK, because it can lead to strokes, heart attacks and heart disease.

If left untreated it can increase your risk of heart disease, kidney disease and dementia.

You can find out more about complications on  the NHS website.

Sourced from AgeUK

Related Articles