Do suffer from hypertension? Why not drop in to see us at Broadgate Clinic London Wall and find out? Our health screening services are available without prior appointment.
If you do have hypertension (more commonly referred to as high blood pressure) you will be at increased risk of developing coronary heart disease, or having a stroke.
Approximately 7 million people suffer hypertension
The factor of the matter is that high blood pressure is not something that you normally feel. In other words, many people suffer from hypertension without knowing. According to the British Heart Foundation, approximately 7 million people here in the UK have high blood pressure, but are unaware of the fact. This ignorance is dangerous as hypertension is more likely to cause health problems the longer it goes-on untreated.
Hypertension causes the heart to enlarge
Blood pressure refers to the pressure of blood in your arteries as it is being pumped around by your heart. This pressure is at its height when you heart contracts and expels blood, and at its lowest, when the heart is at rest, as its chambers refill with blood ready for the next contraction. If you suffer from hypertension, the pressure of blood in your arteries is always high, which leads to the heart enlarging. Without treatment you face an increased risk of heart failure, so it’s important to book an appointment with your family GP, or, if you work in London, you can make use of the walk in health screening services offered by Broadgate Clinic London Wall.
The causes of blood pressure
Hypertension can be caused by a variety of factors including family genes. In addition there are a number of things that can and will contribute to raising your blood pressure. These include:
- Living a sedentary lifestyle
- If you are overweight or obese
- If you regularly eat too much salt
- If you regularly drink too much alcohol
It should also be noted that even if you don’t have hypertension right now, avoidance of any of the above mentioned factors can help to prevent you from developing it in the future. Why not call into Broadgate Clinic London Wall for a GP consultation, and get some professional advice?
Blood pressure readings explained
When doctors talk about blood pressure readings they refer to it in terms of 2 numbers e.g.120 over 80. The first number or measurement is your systolic blood pressure, and this is the higher number of the two as your heart contracts and pumps blood around your circulatory system.
The second and lower number of the two is the diastolic pressure, measured when your heart is at rest, between beats. The unit of measure in both instances is couched in terms of millimetres of mercury, which is abbreviated and written down as mmHg.
A normal blood pressure reading would be considered anything below 140/90. If you happen to already suffer from a heart or circulatory disease (this includes things like coronary heart disease, angina, or stroke), it is recommended that your blood pressure should remain below 130/80. This also applies if you suffer from diabetes or kidney disease.
It is recommended that everyone over the age of 40 should have their blood pressure checked at least once every 5 years.
Hypertension health screening services at Broadgate Clinic London Wall
If you make use of the walk in health screening services here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall, have a blood test, and are diagnosed as having hypertension, the doctor conducting the test is likely to recommend that you lessen the amount of salt in your diet; lose weight if you are deemed to be overweight; adopt a regular physical exercise regime; minimise any alcohol consumption, and eat a health well balanced diet.
At what stage you might be offered medication
Following a positive diagnosis you should follow any recommendations the doctor gives you, then have yourself retested after several weeks. If, after instigating the lifestyle changes your blood pressure is still too high, the doctor may prescribe suitable medication.
Convenient walk in health screening services in the heart of London
Utilising the walk in health screening services offered by Broadgate Clinic London Wall is a great option for people who either can’t get an appointment with their GP back home, or those who want to minimise the disruption of their working day.