Event date: 26/04/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
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High blood pressure (sometimes called hypertension) occurs when the pressure of the blood being pumped around your body becomes too high. Having high blood pressure for a long time can cause damage to the organs and the arteries that carry blood around your body. It also increases the risk of heart disease and strokes, and in older people can be a cause of vascular dementia.
About 30% of people in the UK have high blood pressure. It's more common in people who are overweight, who have a close family member who has high blood pressure, who drink a lot of alcohol, who suffer from stress, or who don't eat a balanced diet. It's also more common in people from an Afro-Caribbean background.
High blood pressure doesn't have any obvious symptoms, though some people might experience more frequent headaches. Most people don't know they have high blood pressure until they are checked by a doctor or nurse.
Nobody really knows what exactly causes high blood pressure, but most doctors believe that the risk of high blood pressure can be reduced by some simple lifestyle changes, including changing your diet, getting regular exercise, and cutting down on drinking and smoking.
If your blood pressure is very high, or if it stays high even though you are eating healthily and looking after yourself, your doctor can prescribe some medications to help to lower your blood pressure.
Low blood pressure, also known as hypotension, is where blood pressure in your arteries is abnormally low.
Naturally low blood pressure is unlikely to cause any symptoms and is normally nothing to worry about. However, if your blood pressure drops too low, it can restrict the amount of blood flowing to your brain and other vital organs, which can cause, unsteadiness, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting.
Health trainers offer a free NHS Health Check for anyone between the ages of 40 and 74. The service for Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster and is provided in partnership by Turning Point and Living Well.
The health check will involve measuring your blood pressure, pulse, height and weight and asking you some lifestyle questions. The aim is to help you to find out if you are at increased risk of certain serious health conditions.
In addition the health trainers who will support you to change aspects of your lifestyle (such as giving up smoking, giving up or reducing alcohol intake, improving your diet, losing weight) so as to reduce the risks of becoming unwell.
Find out more about the Health Trainers in this leaflet, or go to their website.
You can refer yourself, or someone you know, by completing a referral form, or complete an on-line referral.
If you are worried about your blood pressure, it's best to see your GP. They will be able to test your blood pressure and talk to you about the treatments that might help you.
NHS Direct has information about the causes, symptoms and treatments of high blood pressure, and what you can do to lower the risk of developing high blood pressure.And they also provide information on low blood pressure.
Blood Pressure UK is a charity which supports people who have high blood pressure, or who are worried about their blood pressure.
The British Heart Foundation provides information on blood pressure.
If you want to keep an eye on your blood pressure at home, you can buy a home monitor. There are a number of models available and they're designed to be easy to use and give accurate results. Both Which and Blood Pressure UK provide information to help you to choose the best monitor for you.
The Nutritionist Resource website has information about a number of nutritional topics including blood pressure. They also have a list of nutritionists who work in your local area (note these nutritionists will charge for their services).
The Easy Health website has gathered together various easy-read leaflets and videos which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more about Hypertension or blood pressure.