CASTLE MEADOWS SURGERY
HYPERTENSION CARE PLAN
You have been diagnosed with hypertension. This leaflet will explain what this means and what care you should expect from the Practice and how you can help us to ensure that your condition is managed well.
Hypertension is a condition where the blood pressure is raised at a sustained level above that which is accepted as normal. Acceptable blood pressure would be 140/90 or less. If there are associated medical conditions blood pressure needs to be even lower. The reason for wanting to control raised blood pressure is to prevent heart disease and strokes.
At diagnosis of hypertension you should have blood tests to check on your kidney function, cholesterol and a fasting blood sugar to check for diabetes. You should also have an ECG (which gives us information as to whether the high blood pressure is affecting the heart). With this information we can do a heart risk assessment to determine your overall risk of developing heart disease.
It is very important that you should have your blood pressure checked 6 monthly with the practice nurse. With many blood pressure tablets you also need to have your urea and electrolytes (minerals in the blood stream) checked, so ask the nurse if this is due.
To help lower your blood pressure you should moderate alcohol to acceptable levels, reduce weight and reduce intake of salt in your diet. Aerobic exercise done regularly will also reduce blood pressure (the doctor or nurse can advise you further on these lifestyle measures).
Other healthy activities include stopping smoking and eating a balanced diet (which is low in fat and rich in fruit and vegetables).