Any patient on regular medication for hypertension (blood pressure) will normally be reviewed every six months. It is important to have blood pressure under control as high blood pressure can cause strokes.


Diagnosing Hypertension


A single high blood pressure reading does not mean that you have hypertension. In order the make the diagnosis, we will see you on a frequent basis to take your blood pressure. If it remains high, you will be started on a low dose of medication to help to lower it. You will continue to be monitored closely to check that this has returned your blood pressure to an acceptable level. If it does not, the medication may be increased or other drugs added.


Reviews


Once your hypertension is stable you will be seen by the nurses every 6 months. At each visit you will be told the interval until your next appointment. If you are overdue an appointment you will receive a letter reminding you to make an appointment.


At the appointment we will:

  • Measure your height and weight

  • Check your blood pressure

  • Review your lifestyle

  • Discuss any problems that you have

  • Review your medication

  • Calculate your cardio-vascular (CVD) risk

  • Once a year we will take blood and urine samples

Useful Websites


Further information on hypertension is available on the following websites: