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How it’s treated

A healthcare professional will look at your readings and work out which treatment plan is best for you. This is a general guide:

  • More than 120/80 and less than 140/90: take control and make the lifestyle changes that are needed for a healthy life.
  • 140/90 or higher: Your healthcare worker will probably want to check your blood pressure over a number of weeks to see if it remains high.

Hint: know your numbers. Make a chart like the one below. Fill it in when you go to the clinic so you have a record of your blood pressure readings and how you are feeling.

BLood Pressure check get checked go collectIf your blood pressure remains high, you will probably be given medication. There are different kinds of blood pressure pills. Some make you feel dizzy or tired or give you a headache. If you have side effects, let your healthcare professional know. You may need to try another kind of medication to find one that is right for you.

Why adherence is important

High blood pressure is often called the ‘silent killer’. This is because we can’t see or feel it until it is too late.

Even if you are feeling well or have managed to bring your blood pressure down, stay on your medication. If you stop taking your medication, your blood pressure will go up again. If you forget to take your medication, never take a double dose or your blood pressure will drop too low.

What else is important to know about High Blood pressure? Click here.

How it’s treated

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A healthcare professional will look at your readings and work out which treatment plan is best for you. This is a general guide:

  • More than 120/80 and less than 140/90: take control and make the lifestyle changes that are needed for a healthy life.
  • 140/90 or higher: Your healthcare worker will probably want to check your blood pressure over a number of weeks to see if it remains high.

Hint: know your numbers. Make a chart like the one below. Fill it in when you go to the clinic so you have a record of your blood pressure readings and how you are feeling.

BLood Pressure check get checked go collectIf your blood pressure remains high, you will probably be given medication. There are different kinds of blood pressure pills. Some make you feel dizzy or tired or give you a headache. If you have side effects, let your healthcare professional know. You may need to try another kind of medication to find one that is right for you.

Why adherence is important

High blood pressure is often called the ‘silent killer’. This is because we can’t see or feel it until it is too late.

Even if you are feeling well or have managed to bring your blood pressure down, stay on your medication. If you stop taking your medication, your blood pressure will go up again. If you forget to take your medication, never take a double dose or your blood pressure will drop too low.

What else is important to know about High Blood pressure? Click here.

With support from the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through the National Department of Health.

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