High Blood Pressure
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What is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)?
Hypertension, more commonly known as High Blood Pressure, is a condition that affects a huge number of poeple throughout the UK. In order for blood to move effectively around your body, a certain amount of pressure is needed to keep it flowing in a healthy way. However, if this pressure becomes too high over a period of time, it will narrow your blood vessels and put a strain on your heart. This is known as high blood pressure, or hypertension. It is believed that one in four adults in the UK have high blood pressure, but because the symptoms are hard to see, many do not realise they are afflicted. Reasons for high blood pressure vary, but things like age and unhealthy lifestyle choices play a big part.
What Medicine Direct can offer for High Blood Pressure
Medicine Direct offers a variety of different high blood pressure treatments. These include ACE inhibitors, ARBS (Angiotensin-2 receptor blockers), Beta-blockers, Calcium channel blockers and Diuretics. Each works differently but all have the same aim; to reduce your blood pressure to a healthy and stable level.
Lercanidipine and Amlodipine are two of the most widely prescribed high blood pressure medications in the UK. They work by relaxing and widening your blood vessels, meaning that the heart can pump blood around the body more freely. Medicine Direct offer Lercanidipine in packs of 28 tablets at a dosage of 10mgs. Amlodipine is available in packs of 84 or 186 tablets, in a dosage of either 10mgs or 5mgs.
The type of medication and dosage you will be prescribed will depend on your own specific circumstances.
What is High Blood Pressure reading?
A high blood pressure reading in an otherwise healthy person could be anything above 140/90mmHg. Ideally, your blood pressure should be somewhere between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg.
Below this level would be classed as low blood pressure, which is a different medical condition.
What causes High Blood Pressure?
There can be several causes of high blood pressure, this can include:
- Age (the risk of hypertension increases as you get older)
- Family history of high blood pressure
- Being of Caribbean or African origin
- Being overweight
- Unhealthy lifestyle and diet habits, including a high salt and/or alcohol intake, smoking, a lack of exercise and not sleeping enough
- High Cholesterol Levels - too much cholesterol causes the arteries to become harder and narrow, as a result the heart is forced to work harder when trying to pass blood through the blood vessels to the rest of the body and causes blood pressure to also increase to a high level.
High Blood Pressure Treatment
You may find that basic lifestyle changes are all you need to reduce high blood pressure.
These changes can include:
- Reducing salt intake
- Reducing fatty food intake and eating a more balanced and healthy diet
- Reducing alcohol intake
- Reducing caffeine intake
- Increasing exercising and being more active
- Increasing sleep and getting at least six hours per night.
- Losing weight
- Stopping smoking
However, you may find you need medication to help widen your blood vessels and support your heart. If this is the case, you’ll need to speak to a Doctor about which type of high blood pressure tablets will suit you best.
Treatment Length for High Blood Pressure
If you need medication for high blood pressure, you may find that you need to take it for the rest of your life. However, if you manage to get your blood pressure level stable through healthy lifestyle choices and keep it that way for an extended period, you may be able to stop taking medication. Reducing treatment may also be an option.
High Blood Pressure Symptoms and Warning Signs
It is important to note that high blood pressure symptoms do not show up in most people. However, they can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest and stomach pain
- Heart palpitations
- Blurry vision
Risks of High Blood Pressure
If left untreated, Hypertension can lead to a number of other medical conditions and can increase the risk of developing the following health conditions.
- If you already suffer from Angina, having a high blood pressure can make your symptoms much worse
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Heart Attacks
- Heart Disease
- Heart Failure
- Kidney Disease
Getting A High Blood Pressure Test
You can visit your doctor for a blood pressure test, or you can test yourself at home (LINK?) If you are concerned that you do have high blood pressure, fill out a Medicine Direct health questionnaire here. This will be passed to one of our doctors, who will assess your symptoms and prescribe the right course of treatment for you.