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High blood pressure

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.

Blood pressure checking

Professor Graham MacGregor from Blood Pressure UK explains why getting your blood pressure checked regularly is so important.

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Last updated: May 18 2020

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