World Hypertension Day

Today is World Hypertension Day. This year’s theme is Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control it, Live Longer, focusing on combatting low awareness rates worldwide while measuring blood pressure correctly.

Join in Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check – don’t let stroke be your first sign of high blood pressure.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure puts a strain on blood vessels over time and is an important risk factor for stroke. It is the most preventable cause of stroke worldwide.

Have you had your blood pressure checked by your doctor or pharmacist?

Remember, high blood pressure is known as the ‘silent killer’ because sufferers often show no symptoms. It remains the single largest risk factor for stroke – and it’s preventable. Yet, 4.7 million Australians live with high blood pressure and don’t know it.

To lower your blood pressure (or keep it low): 

Have your blood pressure checked by a doctor or pharmacist. The lower your blood pressure the lower your risk of stroke. That’s why it’s important to have regular health checks.

  • Maintain a healthy weight and eat well.
  • Lower your salt intake.
  • Be active on most days of the week.
  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • Be smoke-free, quit smoking. Call Quitline on 13 78 48.
  • If prescribed by your doctor, take blood pressure lowering medication consistently and as recommended.

For more information about high blood pressure and stroke please follow the link Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check May 2023


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