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Hypertension and Eye Tests

High blood pressure can cause damage to the eyes so an eye test may be needed. This article provides information on what to expect from, and how to prepare for an eye test.

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Living With Hypertension Tim's Story

Read about how Tim discovered he had a rare accelerated version of high blood pressure (hypertension).

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What is Blood Pressure?

This article provides an overview of what blood pressure is, and how to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

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Classifying Blood Pressure

Low, ideal, pre-high or high? This article provides an easy to interpret chart to help classify your blood pressure reading and understand what it means.

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The White Coat Effect

This article explains 'The White Coat Effect', which can lead to an unreliable blood pressure reading when it is taken by a doctor or medical professional.

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24hr Blood Pressure Monitoring

This article provides information on 24 hour blood pressure monitoring including what it is and what to expect.

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Echocardiogram

Echocardiograms are particularly useful looking at the structure of the heart and how it is working. They can also be used to investigate heart murmurs and heart attacks. This article describes what an echocardiogram is, including information on how to prepare for one and what to expect.

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ECG and Hypertension

An electrocardiogram (ECG) can detect abnormalities with the heart. This article provides some key information on ECGs including how it is carried out and what to expect.

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Urine Tests & Hypertension

If you are diagnosed with hypertension, you may need to have a urine test to check that your kidneys and other organs are working ok. This article from Blood Pressure UK provides important information on urine tests including how it is carried out and what it will show.

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Blood Tests with Hypertension

Although blood tests are not used to diagnose high blood pressure (hypertension), they may help identify how well your body is working, what is the best treatment, and whether or not you have certain conditions.

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What Is Normal Blood Pressure?

This article provides an overview of what blood pressure readings are considered normal and when it is recommended to consider making some lifestyle changes.

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What is High Blood Pressure?

This article provides an overview of what high blood pressure is and what might cause it.

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Blood Pressure Medication

This article provides a brief introduction to some of the reasons why you may require blood pressure medication.

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Blood Pressure Medication

This article from Blood Pressure UK provides some useful tips for getting the most out of your blood pressure medication.

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Blood Pressure Medication Side Effects

This article provides information on side effects of blood pressure medication, including how to identify a side effect and what to do if you do identify one.

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Choosing the Right Medication For High Blood Pressure

This article outlines the steps used to prescribe the right medication for high blood pressure.

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Weight Loss Tips For Lowering Blood Pressure

This article provides advice on how to effectively lose weight in order to reduce your blood pressure.

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Weight Loss To Control Blood Pressure

Keeping to a healthy weight can help to control your blood pressure. This article provides information on the importance of being a healthy weight for blood pressure control.

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What is Low Blood Pressure?

This short article provides an introduction on low blood pressure (hypotension) including what it is, what causes it and how it is treated.

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Impact of High Blood Pressure

This article provides a brief insight about the impact of high blood pressure on your health.

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High Blood Pressure Medication

This article provides an introduction to medication used to treat high blood pressure including finding the right medication.

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Alcohol Consumption Lowering Blood Pressure

Drinking too much alcohol can increase blood pressure. This article provides information on what level of alcohol consumption is recommended, and tips to help reduce the amount of alcohol you drink.

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Preventing High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can often be prevented through a healthy lifestyle. The NHS provide some advice on the lifestyle changes that can be made to reduce blood pressure.

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Swollen Ankles and High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can cause ankle swelling. This article explains why ankle swelling might occur and how it can be treated.

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Diabetes & High Blood Pressure

This article from Blood Pressure UK describes the different types of diabetes and the relationship between diabetes and high blood pressure.

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Blood Pressure Specialists

Some people with complicated high blood pressure may require support from a specialist. This article outlines when a specialist may be needed.

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A Guide to Coronary Angiogram

This video explains why you might have a coronary angiogram, and what to expect if you are having one.

A Guide to CT Angiogram

A CT angiogram is a new less invasive technique that allows pictures to be taken of the coronary arteries. This helps to identify if someone has a narrowing of the coronary arteries. This video explains what to expect if you are having a CT angiogram.

A Guide to ECG

This video explains an ECG (electrocardiogram) procedure to measure the electrical activity of the heart.

Patient Advice and Liaison PALS

The NHS Patients Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) helps patients navigate through the NHS and find the support they need. PALS can also help you to resolve issues or concerns with the service you have received. This article from Blood Pressure UK provides some more information on the service.

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PALS Patient Advice/Liaison Service

The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is an NHS service which offers confidential advice, support and information on health-related matters. This article explains what PALS is and provides some important links and contact information.

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High Blood Pressure FAQs Lifestyle

Can I fly if I have high blood pressure? Can sex be dangerous if I have high blood pressure? This article from Blood Pressure UK answers some questions relating to lifestyle after diagnosis with high blood pressure.

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Measuring Your Blood Pressure

This video provides a step by step guide on how to measure your own blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure FAQs General

Can high blood pressure be cured? Can high blood pressure give you headaches? Find out the answers to some frequently asked questions about high blood pressure in this article from Blood Pressure UK.

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Blood Pressure Numbers FAQs

This article from Blood Pressure UK provides information on what blood pressure readings mean.

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A Guide to Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan that allows pictures to be taken of the inside of the heart. This video explains the procedure in more detail.

A Guide to Cardiac MRI

This video shows what to expect if you are going to have a cardiac MRI scan.

One Step At A Time

Nicola had a heart attack five weeks after giving birth, which led to heart failure. In this video Nicola tells her story.

One Step At A Time

John was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and atrial fibrillation. In this video he explains how he manages his condition.

Causes of High Blood Pressure

This article provides an overview of the causes of high blood pressure.

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Enlarged Heart & Hypertension

Hypertension can increase the risk of developing a condition called left ventricular hypertrophy. This article describes the condition and provides additional information on how it is detected and treated.

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High Blood Pressure Symptoms

This NHS article provides lots of information about high blood pressure, including what it is, the risks of having high blood pressure, causes, and ways to reduce blood pressure.

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24 Hour Cardiac Monitoring

This video provides information about 24 hour ECG and blood pressure monitor tests.

A Guide to Tilt Test

If you experience symptoms such as dizziness or blacking outs you may have a tilt test. This video explains the tilt test procedure.

A Guide to MPS

A myocardial perfusion scan (MPS) is a non invasive test to look at the blood supply to the heart and the hearts pumping action. This video covers the procedure in more detail.

Arteries and Blood Pressure

This article from Blood Pressure UK provides information on your arteries and high blood pressure, including how arteries affect blood pressure, and what happens when arteries become too narrow.

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A Guide to TOE Test

A transoesophageal (TOE) test allows structures at the back of the heart to be seen. This video provides more information on the procedure.

Dale's Story

Read about how Dale discovered he had high blood pressure, and what he has done to better control his condition.

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Tom's Story

Read about how Tom found out he had dangerously high blood pressure, and how he dealt with the diagnosis to gain better control of his condition.

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Blood Pressure Explained

This link contains information on what blood pressure is and how lifestyle changes can help to lower blood pressure.

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Judith's Story

Read about Judith's experience of been diagnosed and living with high blood pressure.

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A Guide to An Exercise ECG

An exercise ECG otherwise known as a stress test, looks at how the heart works under stress. This video provides more information about the procedure.

Hypertension Complications

Having high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can increase the risk of a number of health complications which are outlined in this NHS article.

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High Blood Pressure

This video from the Mayo Clinic described what high blood pressure is, what impacts it can have, and how it can be treated using a combination of medical and lifestyle interventions.

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What Is Hypertension? An Introduction

An introduction to hypertension, including what it is and how the body controls blood pressure.

What Causes Heart Disease?

This video explains how factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Complications of Hypertension

This video highlights the complications associated with high blood pressure (hypertension).

What Is Hypertension?

Want to know more about hypertension? What is it? What causes it? Why does a high salt intake contribute to increased blood pressure? If so, this video is for you!

Stages of Hypertension

What is considered a healthy blood pressure, and when does it become hypertension? This video outlines the different stages of high blood pressure.

Diagnosing High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure often doesn't have any symptoms, so it can be difficult to identify. This NHS article describes how the condition is diagnosed and why it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

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How Is Hypertension Diganosed?

This video explains how hypertension is diagnosed, including blood pressure measurement, ECG and the use of blood tests.

What Is High Blood Pressure?

This Mayo Clinic article provides an introduction to high blood pressure.

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High Blood Pressure Complications

This article from Mayo Clinic describes some of complications associated with having high blood pressure.

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Diagnosing High Blood Pressure

This article describes how high blood pressure is diagnosed. It also explains what blood pressure readings mean.

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High Blood Pressure Symptoms

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, does not usually display any symptoms. This article from Mayo Clinic provides information on symptoms that may occur, and when to seek medical advice.

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Hypertension Risk Factors

Are you at risk of high blood pressure? This article describes some of the factors that may increase the risk of having high blood pressure.

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Causes of High Blood Pressure

This article provides a list of some of the causes of high blood pressure.

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What is High Blood Pressure?

Dr Smarty and his team explain what hypertension is and what can be done about it.

Secondary Hypertension

This video covers some of the causes of secondary hypertension - high blood pressure (hypertension) as a result of another condition.

High Blood Pressure Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes can be essential to help manage and reduce high blood pressure. This article from the Mayo Clinic outlines some of the healthy lifestyle behaviours that can help.

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Blood Pressure & Nutrition

Lowering Blood Pressure Diet and Exercise Tips

This article provides information on some simple lifestyle changes that can help to lower blood pressure.

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Cooking with Less Salt

This article provides some useful tips for cooking with less salt, including examples of foods that can be used to season and flavour meals as an alternative.

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Low Salt Shopping Tips

This article provides some useful information on how to cut down your salt intake by choosing low salt options. It provides practical tips to apply when shopping, and gives examples of foods which you might be surprised to learn contain a high amount of salt.

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High Blood Pressure Ann's Story

In this video, Ann talks about the lifestyle changes she made to help control her blood pressure.

Reducing Salt Intake

This article provides an insight into the importance of lower salt intake, and tips on how to eat less salt to help your blood pressure.

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Tips for Healthy Food Shopping

This article provides some useful tips for food shopping for lowering blood pressure, with a particular focus on picking healthier food options.

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Eating Less Salt

This short article provides some useful tips on how to reduce your salt intake.

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High Blood Pressure A Short Summary

The British Heart Foundation provide information on high blood pressure, including what it is, how it is diagnosed and what can be done to reduce it.

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Potassium and Blood Pressure

This article provides information on how potassium can help to lower blood pressure.

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High Blood Pressure FAQs Diet and Food

This article from Blood Pressure UK covers some commonly asked questions about high blood pressure and food.

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High Blood Pressure Ann's Story (Sign)

In this video, Ann talks about the lifestyle changes she made to help control her blood pressure.

Stocking Your Cupboards

This article provides advice on what to stock your cupboards with at home to help lower and control your blood pressure.

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Eating More Potassium

Potassium can help to reduce your blood pressure. This article provides some tips and benefits of eating more potassium. If you have kidney disease, or are taking certain blood pressure medications, a large increase in potassium could be harmful so check with your doctor before dramatically increasing your potassium intake.

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Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Suzanne's Story

Suzanne found out she has familial hypercholesterolaemia, which can increase her risk of developing heart disease. In this video she discusses her diagnosis and what she can do to help reduce her cholesterol level.

What Is High Blood Pressure? (Sign)

This video explains what high blood pressure is, and what can be done to help lower it.

Fruit and Vegetables For Healthy Blood Pressure

This article provides information on how fruits and vegetables can lower blood pressure, how much to eat and tips to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat.

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Controlling Cholesterol

This article provides a brief description of what constitutes high cholesterol, and provides some tips on how to better control cholesterol levels.

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Reducing Your Blood Pressure

Ian has a learning disability, and also has high blood pressure. In this video, Ian talks about the lifestyle changes that he has made to help reduce his blood pressure.

Food Labels and Blood Pressure

This article provides an insight into using food labels to help lower your blood pressure.

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Reducing Risk of Heart Disease

High blood pressure and high cholesterol increase your risk of heart disease. This video discusses the importance of lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol to reduce this risk.

Tips to Control Blood Pressure

There are many ways to help reduce your blood pressure. This article identifies 10 lifestyle changes that can be made.

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Joy's Story

Read about how Joy, with the help of her optician and doctor, discovered she had high blood pressure. Find out how she now manages her blood pressure using a combination of exercise, diet, and medication.

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Primary Hypertension

This video explains primary hypertension, the most common type of hypertension, and explains the risk factors associated with it.

Reducing Salt Intake

Eating too much salt may raise your blood pressure. It is important that you don't eat too much salt each day to keep your heart healthy. This article gives you more information on how much salt is too much and how you can go about reducing the amount of salt that you eat.

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Treating Hypertension

This video covers the lifestyle changes and medication that can help to treat hypertension.

Blood Pressure & Activity

Exercise to Reduce Cholesterol Karen's Story

After having a heart attack, Karen started exercising to help reduce her cholesterol levels. In this video she explains how exercise has improved her health since coming out of hospital.

Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Suzanne's Story

Suzanne found out she has familial hypercholesterolaemia, which can increase her risk of developing heart disease. In this video she discusses her diagnosis and what she can do to help reduce her cholesterol level.

High Blood Pressure A Short Summary

The British Heart Foundation provide information on high blood pressure, including what it is, how it is diagnosed and what can be done to reduce it.

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Lowering Blood Pressure Diet and Exercise Tips

This article provides information on some simple lifestyle changes that can help to lower blood pressure.

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Tips For Getting More Active

This article provides advice on how to incorporate physical activity into your day to day life.

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Exercise & Physical Activity Lowering Blood Pressure

This article provides an introduction to exercise and physical activity to better manage blood pressure including basic guidelines for starting and increasing physical activity and exercise.

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High Blood Pressure Ann's Story

In this video, Ann talks about the lifestyle changes she made to help control her blood pressure.

Get Up and Go Chandra's Story

Chandra joined a walking group to get outside, meet people and improve her health. She now goes walking every day and regularly attends exercise classes. In this video, she explains why she exercises every day and how it has changed her life for the better.

What Is High Blood Pressure? (Sign)

This video explains what high blood pressure is, and what can be done to help lower it.

High Blood Pressure Ann's Story (Sign)

In this video, Ann talks about the lifestyle changes she made to help control her blood pressure.

Get Up and Go Pat's Story

Pat had a stroke seven years ago. In this video he explains how he is working towards his recovery by keeping active and staying positive.

Exercise & Activity Ideas For Lowering Blood Pressure

This article suggests some exercise and activity ideas to help lower your blood pressure including how to incorporate activity into your daily life.

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Reducing Your Blood Pressure

Ian has a learning disability, and also has high blood pressure. In this video, Ian talks about the lifestyle changes that he has made to help reduce his blood pressure.

Primary Hypertension

This video explains primary hypertension, the most common type of hypertension, and explains the risk factors associated with it.

Treating Hypertension

This video covers the lifestyle changes and medication that can help to treat hypertension.

Types of Exercise For Lowering Blood Pressure

This article gives examples of types of exercise that can help to reduce blood pressure.

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Treatments

Hypertension & Kidney Disease

High blood pressure can raise your risk of kidney disease. This article from Blood Pressure UK describes what chronic kidney disease is, how it is treated and what you can do to reduce the risk.

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Diuretics

This article provides an overview on diuretics, a type of medication used to treat high blood pressure. Information within describes the effect diuretics have, and why they may be prescribed.

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Calcium-Channel Blockers

This article provides an introduction to calcium-channel blockers, a medication used to treat high blood pressure. Information within relates to why the medication might be prescribed, and some of the food and drink to avoid if taking the medication.

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Hypertension and Heart Failure

High blood pressure can increase the risk of heart failure. This article from Blood Pressure UK provides an overview of what heart failure is, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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High Blood Pressure & Stroke

Uncontrolled high blood pressure can increase the risk of having a stroke. It is important to know how to recognise the signs of a stroke so it can be treated as soon as possible This article from Blood Pressure UK outlines the signs and symptoms, how they are treated, and the relationship between high blood pressure and stroke.

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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is common but has few obvious symptoms. This article from Bupa provides an overview of high blood pressure including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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Pharmacists How Can They Help?

This article provides an explanation of the role of the pharmacist and how they can help you.

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Practice Nurses

This article describes the role of a practice nurse including how they help people with high blood pressure.

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Angiotensin Receptor Blockers

This article provides a brief overview of antiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), a high blood pressure medication. The information provided also describes some of the reasons why you might be prescribed the medication.

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ACE Inhibitors

This article provides information on ACE inhibitors, a medication prescribed to treat high blood pressure.

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Treating High Blood Pressure

This NHS article describes the different treatment options available for people with high blood pressure, including lifestyle changes and medications.

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What Is High Blood Pressure?

This NHS article provides an overview of what high blood pressure is, what causes it, who's most at risk, how it is treated, and how it can be prevented.

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High Blood Pressure

In this video an NHS doctor provide information about high blood pressure including the importance of diagnosis and treatment to lower blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure A Short Summary

The British Heart Foundation provide information on high blood pressure, including what it is, how it is diagnosed and what can be done to reduce it.

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High Blood Pressure & Stroke

This information leaflet provides information on high blood pressure and its link to stroke. It also covers treatments that may be used and lifestyle changes that can be made to help reduce blood pressure.

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Hypertension Diagnosis and Treatment

What is classed as high blood pressure, how is it diagnosed, and how is it treated?

Treating High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can be treated through lifestyle changes and medication. This article describes some of the treatments used.

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Treating Hypertension

This video covers the lifestyle changes and medication that can help to treat hypertension.