Hypertension

Updated on 5th May 2015 at 11:14 am

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Available at both Humshaugh and Wark (30 minute appointment)

Patients with high blood pressure are seen by the nurse annually for review.  This appointment includes monitoring blood pressure, weight, routine testing of urine, discussing family history, diet and taking blood samples.  A  six month blood pressure check is advised if readings are within normal limits.

Maintaining a normal blood pressure reduces the risk of having a stroke or heart attack.  Medication may be altered by the doctor if blood pressure is higher than ideal.  Blood pressure will be closely monitored by the nurse during this time and further blood tests may be necessary.

Patients with hypertension will receive an invitation by post for review every year.  The six month check is made by the patient at a time convenient to them.

As a general rule, a normal blood pressure would be below 140/85, however, in specific circumstances we would aim for a lower level.