Hypertension

Hypertension

When was the last time you had your blood pressure taken?

 

1 in 3 people aged 18 and over have high blood pressure (1). Uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension) can lead to heart attack, kidney disease, stroke, and intracerebral haemorrhage. Regular checks with your GP can help early detection for hypertension and prevention of complications.

Hypertension is a chronic illness that will involve a variety of healthcare services putting you at the centre of care to help you meet your goals. Your primary care doctor will be the key to accessing this multidisciplinary team of specialist, allied health, and support networks as required.

       

 

Hypertension is defined by the World Health Organization (2) as meeting any of the following

  • Systolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 140mmHg
  • Diastolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 90mmHg
  • Receiving medications for high blood pressure

 

But what does all that mean?

 

With the help of your GP, they will be able to explain these numbers, what it means, and why does it matter.

Everyone over the age of 18 should have their blood pressure checked once every 2 years or more frequently if you are in a higher risk group (3) as recommended by the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Can’t remember the last time you had your blood pressure checked, book now with one of doctors for a general health checkup.

       

All Top Health Doctors Clinics have 24 hours ambulatory blood pressure monitors to provide Advanced Monitoring and Management of Hypertension.

 

Learn More about these services : Hypertension Services

Thank you to Dr Danny Nguyen, Underwood Clinic for preparing this information

Citations

  1. ABS 2018a. National Health Survey: First Results, 2017-18. ABS cat. no. 4364.0.55.001. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  2. WHO (World Health Organization) 2015. WHO global health observatory data repository. Raised blood pressure (SBP ≥ 140 OR DBP ≥ 90). Date by country. Geneva: World Health Organization. Viewed 24 January 2019.
  3. RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) 2021. Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice. Blood Pressure. Viewed 25 February 2022. pg 260 – 262.
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