Hypertension or high blood pressure is the most common chronic medical condition affecting 1 in 3 subjects in the UK. It is sometimes termed the “Silent Killer” as the condition does not cause any symptoms and can only be detected by measuring blood pressure in clinic, at home or by 24hour ambulatory monitoring.
Importance of Hypertension:
Hypertension is an important risk factor for strokes, heart attacks, chest pain or angina, heart failure, renal failure, aortic disease, arterial disease, atrial fibrillation, and dementia. Proper treatment and control of hypertension can prevent all these complications.
Causes of Hypertension:
The majority of patients with high blood pressure have primary (essential) hypertension where no cause can be found. However, in a significant number of patients a secondary cause can be found with proper investigations. Secondary hypertension is potentially curable relieving the need for life-long treatment with tablets.
What a shame I did not meet you and learn about the possibility of surgery (to cure my hypertension) 20 years ago when I was first diagnosed with hypertension
Just imagine if I hadn't pushed for a referral to Dr Antonios at the Blood Pressure Unit I'd had been on medication for life. Phew!